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Equal Pay Day - Comparable Worth and Wage Gap

April 12, 2011
Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators

Held annually, Equal Pay Day symbolizes the point into the new year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). U.S. Census statistics released in September, 2010 show that women only earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009. Median earnings for most women of color are even lower. Women working full-time, year-round continued to earn less than men working full-time, year-round in every single state.

Among those speaking will be Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law. Attorney Stiller Rikleen is the founder of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and Executive-in-Residence at Boston College's Center for Work and Family in the Carroll School of Management. She is a nationally recognized expert in women's advancement and leadership development, and in developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce.

House Bill 1415 and Senate Bill 931 An Act Further Defining Comparable Work and House Bill 1855 and Senate Bill 1567 An Act to Authorize the Human Resources Division to Undertake a Study of the State’s Job Classification System are initiatives that seek to address pay parity at the state level. Representative Alice Wolf and Senators Patricia Jehlen and Harriette Chandler are the lead sponsors of this legislation.

Eliminating the wage gap would benefit families by increasing household income, decreasing poverty rates, boosting savings and pensions, and increasing consumer spending, all of which benefits the economy and reduces the need for government assistance.

This event will be held at the Massachusetts State House, Hearing Room 437 on April 12th at 11:00 am