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April 9 is Equal Pay Day: Start thinking about it now!

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April 3, 2013 by Jan Stone

Two years ago when Drexel University’s Vision 2020 conference was held in Chicago, I blogged a key afternoon of speakers and was not surprised that women’s pay still
lags behind men’s. In 2011 and it remains true in 2013.

Vision 2020 is founded around the principal of having greater gender equality by 2020, the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Following are some ideas from Vision 2020 for April 9. More details about paycheck fairness are in upcoming posts.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 will mark another Equal Pay Day in which people across the country express their views on the gender pay gap. In 2013, women make only 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man.

As one of the Vision 2020 Five National Goals to close the pay gap among men and women, Vision 2020 is asking its members to take action. Here are some steps you can take on April 9 and beyond:

  1. Trade a “Happy Hour” by hosting an “Unhappy Hour” in your town/city to educate your community about the pay gap.
  2. Participate in a blog carnival. This year Vision 2020 National Ally the National Women’s Law Center will be posting blogs on the subject “What would you do with your $11,000 in lost wages?” Each year, women lose on average nearly $11,000 in wages due to pay inequity. To participate, email the following to djackson@nwlc.org by Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM(ET):

-Your name and email address

-The link to your post

-Your Twitter handle, if you have one

3. Submit a blog to the Vision 2020 Equality in Sight blog account by April 9, 2013 and Vision 2020 will post it.

Learn more about pay equity from the Vision 2020 National Allies: Institute for Women’s Research PolicyNational Women’s Law CenterAAUW, and Catalyst.

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