The 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 male counterparts do in 12 months. 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 thanks Cynthiana Mayor Steve Moses, County Judge Executive Alex Barnett, Berry Mayor Kenneth Abner, and District 78 State Representative Tom McKee, for signing proclamations on April 16 after breakfast at Biancke’s Restaurant declaring April 17 as Cynthiana-Berry-Harrison County Equal Pay Day.
Pay Day candy bars with a packet of Equal sugar substitute with information attached was given to each city, county and state official at the breakfast, and more to be given to their employees.
Licking Valley BPW Org. also received a signed proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear declaring April 17 as Equal Pay Day across the state of Kentucky.
Also on April 16 Equal/Pay Day candy bar duo with EPD information attached were handed out at the Harrison County PVA, County Clerks office and Biancke’s Restaurant. On April 17, the candy bars were given out at Family Fare Restaurant. And on April 20, they were distributed at the entrance of Walmart Supercenter.
The Licking Valley BPW’s Equal Pay Day banner was hung at the courthouse from April 16-20 and informational letters were sent to the Cynthiana Democrat, WCYN Radio and Channel Six TV station to help introduce information to the community and for their support.
Equal Pay Day will be an annual event to highlight the need of changes to help women, mothers, daughters and granddaughters of the future.