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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

From the President - Elaine TognerI

Elaine Togneri

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is a day of reckoning; it reflects the date women have to work into the next year to match men’s wages. This year it will be on Tuesday, April 4. Let’s say a man’s paycheck is $1000/week. An Asian woman’s would be $900, a white woman’s would be $810, a black woman’s would be $650, and a Hispanic/Latina woman’s would be $580. This example is based on hourly rates available in the Economic Policy Institute October 20, 2016 Report.

Many factors go into earnings disparity: time in the job, type of job, education, etc. but studies allowing for those factors found they do not account for the entire difference in the wage gap. The rest is discrimination.

I know wage discrimination occurs from personal experience. I was an information technology worker at a firm that outsourced its I/T workers to another company. The new company found that all the women with the same position that I held earned dramatically less than the men with the same job. It elected to do pay adjustments to bring us to parity. While happy for the raise, the situation was quite a wakeup call.

For anyone who thought the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Lily Ledbetter Act and other legislation would solve the gender wage gap. It didn’t. Worse yet, low wages lead to low social security and pension benefits, effectively relegating women to lives of diminished means for their entire lives.

So how do we eliminate bias in pay rates?

· Draw attention to the wage gap by wearing red on April 4

· Speak up to educate people about the issue

· Support a raise to the minimum wage since two-thirds of those workers are women

· Pass the Equal Rights Amendment to ensure equal treatment for women

· Contact your representatives to co-sponsor The Paycheck Fairness Act and other legislation to deal with the issue.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

Quote of the Month for Apr. 2017

"I have to be honest with you. I believe in equal pay, first of all. I’m sorry, if a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same amount of money. She just should. That’s just the way the world should work."

Viola Davis


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