Students rally for Equal Pay Day
April 11, 2014
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a new Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower female workers to take control over negotiations regarding their pay. That same day, women from Monmouth and the college met together at the Monmouth City Hall to witness Mayor Davies sign the Equal Pay Day Proclamation.
Professors Stacy Cordery, Bridget Draxler, Emily Rollie along with four female students walked to the town hall to witness the signing. The mayor read the Proclamation prior to the signing, wrapping up the event by taking a picture with the women who showed up.
Senior Kate Pfau, who attended the signing, felt it was an important step forward for the town of Monmouth.
“This is happening in Monmouth and not much happens with women’s rights in this town, in general,” she said. “I felt it would be good to represent the campus, and I want to be paid equally when I leave Monmouth College, so this is kind of a way to stand up for that right.”
Equal Pay Day was started in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the wage gap between male and female wages. The day is always recognized on a Tuesday to represent how far into the work week females must work to earn what men would have earned in the previous week, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. Typically, women make approximately 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, and that number has stayed constant since 2002, according to the White House Blog.
“The fact that’s it an issue is an issue,” Pfau said.
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