Equal Pay Day events stress need for change

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By The Staff

To the editor:

Our annual Equal Pay Day Event is held each year as a reminder that it takes an extra three and one half months for women to make the same as our mate counterparts do in 12 months. Currently women make 77 cents to every one dollar men make.

Pay equity is a growing national movement. States around the country are introducing pay equity legislation. Pay inequity penalizes families especially during times of economic hardships, so we must address it when trying to boost economy. At the rate we are going, the wage gap will not be eliminated until 2040. Women and their families cannot afford to wait much longer.

Licking Valley BPW would like to thank Mayor - Pro Tem: Jack Keith, County Judge Executive: Alex Barnett, and Berry Mayor: Kenneth Abner for signing proclamations on April 24 after breakfast at Biancke Restaurant declaring April 28 as, Cynthiana/Berry/Harrison County Equal Pay Day. Pay Day Candy bars with a packet of Equal sugar substitute attached was given to Barnett and Keith at the breakfast, and several more for them to take back to their employees.

Thanks also to the owner and manager of JB Finance Co., for allowing Licking Valley BPW to set up an Equal Pay Day display in their business window on Pike Street in Cynthiana. Proclamations and other LVBPW memorabilia was on display during Equal Pay Day Event week and will also be on display the entire month of May. Please stop by and view the info.

Equal sugar substitute attached to a Pay Day candy bar were handed out at the Democratic Women’s meeting on April 24 - p.m. meeting. Licking Valley BPW President Carla Harney informed them of the Equal Pay Day Event and the goal that Business and Professional Women (BPW) nation wide are trying to inform the public and local businesses.

On April 28 (Equal Pay Day) the same Equal/Candy bar duo were handed out at the Harrison County PVA and County Clerks office to each employee and guest present at that time.

Equal Pay Day banner was flown at the Cynthiana/Harrison County Court house, and informational letters sent to Cynthiana Democrat newspaper, WCYN Radio and Channel Six TV station to help introduce information to the community and ask for your support.

Again, Equal Pay Day will be an annual event to highlight the need of changes to help our women, mothers, daughters and granddaughters of the future. Thanks, Licking Valley BPW.

Sonja Olin

Cynthiana, Ky.