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'Equal Pay Day' Marks the Wage Gap For Women in The Workplace

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The pay gap between genders continues to prevail in the workplace, and the YWCA continues to fight for equal pay.

In 2011, men's median earnings were $48,202, while women's took home an average of $37,118. That is a difference of over $10,000.

This isn't an improvement from previous years; as the wage gap for last year remains statistically unchanged.

The YWCA would like to invite interested community members to join them on Tuesday, April 9th from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they recognize Equal Pay Day.

Dr. Robin Dexter, Grand Island Public Schools Associate Superintendent, will be the keynote speaker focusing on the topic and how it affects her.

YWCA Executive Director Anita Lewandowski Brown said, "While the wage gap has certainly narrowed with the past generation of working women—in 1967 women only earned about 58 cents to a man's dollar—progress has stalled in recent years."

She said the slow progress is a big problem that will result in a long wait to close the gap.

"If progress continues at its current rate, it will take 45 years to eradicate the wage gap," said Brown.

April 9th symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012 – that's over five months of extra work to make up the difference.

She said, "in nearly two-thirds of families, the mother was either the breadwinner—either a single working mother or bringing home as much or more than her husband—or a co-breadwinner— bringing home at least a quarter of the family's earnings."

This means that it's not only a problem that women face; it is also a family issue.

"When women's wages are lowered due to gender discrimination, their families' incomes are often significantly lowered as well. Individuals are not only affected, but entire families as well," said Brown.

The Olive Garden is the event sponsor and will be serving lasagna, bread sticks and salad. Join others in the community at the YWCA to show support and learn more about pay inequity.

Free-will donations will be accepted to cover lunch.

Reservations for the event are appreciated but not necessary. Those who want to support the cause but are unable to attend can wear red or carry a red purse to symbolize that women are "in the red" when it comes to the gender-based wage gap.

For more information call (308) 384-9922 or email frontdesk@ywca-gi.org. Information is also available on the website www.ywca-gi.org.

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