AAUW Or­ga­ni­za­tion Fo­cuses On Equal Pay Day Ob­ser­vance

Escalon Times - - NEWS - For more in­for­ma­tion about the local branch, log on to ore-ca.aauw.net, and for more in­for­ma­tion about the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion AAUW, log on to www.aauw.org.

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, peo­ple across the United States will ob­serve Equal Pay Day, a na­tional day of ac­tion to com­bat the gen­der pay gap. Equal Pay Day is the sym­bolic day when women’s earn­ings “catch up” to men’s earn­ings from the pre­vi­ous year. This means women on av­er­age have to work un­til April 4 just to take home what a man did in 2016.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is in dire need of an up­date in or­der to re­flect Amer­ica’s mod­ern econ­omy. Congress, by pass­ing a new fed­eral law, like the Pay­check Fair­ness Act, would help pro­tect ev­ery­one in all states from un­fair pay dis­crim­i­na­tion. In Cal­i­for­nia real progress is be­ing made to close the gen­der gap. How­ever the pay gap, by con­gres­sional district from 2015 (the most re­cent data avail­able), shows Stanis­laus County ranks 31st and the gap in San Joaquin County, though slightly smaller, ranks 30th.

The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women (AAUW), Oak­dale River­bank Escalon Branch, has worked to urge leg­isla­tive ac­tion and public aware­ness to close the gen­der pay gap once and for all.

An­other re­lated and im­por­tant topic is Ti­tle IX, the fed­eral law passed in 1972, which bars sex dis­crim­i­na­tion in schools re­ceiv­ing fed­eral funds. Com­pli­ance with Ti­tle IX will be the topic for the monthly mem­ber­ship meet­ing, to be held on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Oak­dale. Ev­ery school should have at least one em­ployee who is re­spon­si­ble for co­or­di­nat­ing the school’s com­pli­ance with Ti­tle IX. The guest speak­ers will be Julie John­son, Stanis­laus State’s As­so­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent for Hu­man Re­sources, Equal Op­por­tu­nity and Com­pli­ance, and Gin­ger John­son, As­so­ciate Su­per­in­ten­dent of Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices for Modesto City Schools, who over­sees all pro­grams at the 34 school sites she su­per­vises. Those at­tend­ing the pro­gram will also learn how to take ac­tion to in­sure that each of our local schools has a Ti­tle IX co­or­di­na­tor and that th­ese co­or­di­na­tors have the re­sources needed to un­der­stand the full scope of their jobs. For more in­for­ma­tion about the lo­ca­tion of this meet­ing and AAUW mem­ber­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, call 209-8382495.

The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women (AAUW) ad­vances eq­uity for women and girls through ad­vo­cacy, ed­u­ca­tion, phi­lan­thropy, and re­search. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the na­tion’s lead­ing voices pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion and eq­uity for women and girls. AAUW has a na­tion­wide net­work of more than 150,000 mem­bers and sup­port­ers, 1,000 branches, and 600 col­lege/univer­sity in­sti­tu­tional part­ners.

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