Valley AAUW Members recently gathered to focus public attention on Equal Pay for
women in the work-place.
Despite civil rights laws,
workplace discrimination persists when it comes to a person’s paycheck. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau’s report on Income and Poverty in the United States, 2015, on
average, women who work full-time take home about 80 cents for every dollar, as
that of a full-time male worker.
Bear Valley American Association of University Women (AAUW) members and
guests gathered at The Old Country Inn on Equal Pay Day, April 4th,
to bring attention to the inequity of pay between men and women.
Equal Pay Day is the day that symbolizes how far
into the next year a woman must work
to earn what a man earned in the previous year. The exact day differs both by
year and by country, and is changed every year to match the current statistics.
To emphasize the gap in pay between men and
women, AAUW members were given fifteen percent off their meal, while their male
guests had to pay full price. PayDay candy bars were also sold for a dollar,
however twenty percent of the candy bar was cut off before handing the candy to
the men, to symbolize the gap in pay and buying power.
Big Bear Valley AAUW Members
TOP: AAUW members
Valerie Whyte-Bianchi and Annette Stewart stand up for equal pay in the
TOP 2: Heather Storm, Jill Myers and Holly Elmer are onboard for equal pay.
Bresnahan and Syd Blue sympathize with Daniel Morello, who only received 80% of
a PayDay candy bar.
BOTTOM 2: AAUW members and guests hold messages promoting Equal Pay Day.