Equal pay for women

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To the editor:
On Tuesday, April 17, thousands of women from across the United States will join in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the new year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay.
At a time when American’s economy is facing a downturn, every penny counts. Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates that the wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her lifetime.
Fair pay takes real change. And we can make a difference. Here in Cynthiana/Berry/Harrison County, Kentucky, Licking Valley Business and Professional Women will join hundreds of other organizations across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. We acknowledge Tuesday, April 17 as Equal Pay Day. We encourage the business community to review their pay practices to ensure that women are not discriminated against.
Carla Harney
LVBPW 2011-12 President