Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hundreds To Rally For Equal Pay on April 12th

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, other prominent equal pay advocates to speak out in Daley Plaza

CHICAGO — April 12th is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into the new year a woman must work on average to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. To show support for equal pay, hundreds will gather in Daley Plaza at noon for an Equal Pay Day Rally, sponsored by Women Employed and fourteen other organizations and government agencies.

Despite many improvements in women's economic status over the past three decades, employment discrimination and unfairness in the workplace are still a fact of life for too many women. Regardless of education and experience, in nearly every occupation women are still paid less than men – only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. On average, a woman could lose up to $1.2 million in income over a lifetime due to the wage gap.
 
The Equal Pay Day Rally will bring together activists and concerned citizens to protest this inequality. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will speak, as well as prominent equal pay advocates Evelyn Murphy of The WAGE Project, and Doris Moy of the Illinois Department of Labor.
 
To find out more about the rally call (312) 782-3902, x239 or visit www.womenemployed.org.
 
Rally Sponsors 
The Equal Pay Day rally is sponsored by the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women; Women Employed; Mujeres Latinas en Accion; AAUW Chicago Illinois; Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Women; Chicago NOW; Chicago Women in Trades; Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues; EEOC; Illinois Department of Human Rights; NELA-IL; Northwestern University School of Law, Women's Leadership Coalition; Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor; YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
 
About Women Employed
Women Employed is a 38-year-old non-profit organization that promotes fair workplace practices, helps increase access to training and education, and provides women with innovative tools and information to move into careers paying family-supporting wages. For more information, visit www.womenemployed.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
 
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