Coshocton BPW to celebrate Equal Pay Day

| April 7, 2016
Equal Pay: Coshocton BPW Treasurer Aimee Neighbor from People’s Bank, President Carey McMasters from Jacobs Vanaman Insurance and Membership Chair Samantha Vincent from The Coshocton Tribune hold Pay Day candy bars that will be given out on Tuesday, April 12 on Equal Pay Day to bring attention to the wage gap. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Equal Pay: Coshocton BPW Treasurer Aimee Neighbor from People’s Bank, President Carey McMasters from Jacobs Vanaman Insurance and Membership Chair Samantha Vincent from The Coshocton Tribune hold Pay Day candy bars that will be given out on Tuesday, April 12 on Equal Pay Day to bring attention to the wage gap. Photo contributed to The Beacon

COSHOCTON – Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) will mobilize on Tuesday, April 12, to call attention to the wage gap in which women, on average, are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men according to the U.S. Census Bureau. April is symbolic of the point into the next year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. Because women typically earn less, they must work longer for the same pay. Over a working lifetime, this wage disparity costs the average American woman and her family an estimated $434,000 in lost wages.

“Women and their families can no longer afford to be shortchanged. Equal Pay will continue as a BPW legislative priority and Coshocton BPW is committed to working toward an end to the wage gap,” said Coshocton BPW President Carey McMasters.  “We encourage businesses to pay women fairly, push for laws that will enforce current equal pay legislation and educate women on how to negotiate for higher salaries.”

Members will hand out Pay Day candy bars which will have equal pay facts attached on Tuesday, April 12 at their work locations and around the community. The public is encouraged to wear red on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay. Coshocton BPW Equal Pay Chair Mary Mason stated, “Tell your legislators to support legislation which will close loop holes and improve equal pay. Equal Pay is not simply a woman’s issue – it’s a family issue. Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet.”

Founded in 1919, BPW is a multi-generational, nonpartisan membership organization, which promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Established as the first organization to focus on issues of workingwomen, BPW is historically a leader in grassroots activism, policy influence and advocacy for millions of workingwomen. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed. For more information contact Membership Chair Samantha Vincent at [email protected] or 740-610-4989. The public is welcome to attend the next scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Tlaquepaque.

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