FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) has joined the national effort to raise awareness about the wage gap between men and women. Events are planned at Northern Kentucky University.
Pay Equity Day or Equal Pay Day is designated on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, because this date symbolizes how far women must work into the calendar year—three months on average—to earn as much as men earned in the previous year.
The Kentucky Commission on Women says census statistics released in September 2010 indicate year-round, full-time working women in 2009 earned only 77 percent of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men. In Kentucky the gap widens to 74 cents. For African American and Latino women the gap is still wider.
At NKU, the Panhellenic Council is hosting a Pay Equity Awareness Campaign in the Student Union Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the distribution of pay equity awareness handouts and a bake sell of cookies with 25% missing to symbolize the wage gap between men and women. Men will pay 25 cents extra for the cookies. Proceeds go to the Women's Crisis Center.
Also, NKU's Delta Zeta Sorority (Kappa Beta Chapter) created a "Red Alert" on Facebook to raise awareness about Pay Equity Day and encourage individuals to wear red. The sorority also joined the National Committee on Pay Equity at www.pay-equity.org.
To learn more about Pay Equity Day visit www.women.ky.gov.