Equal pay is commonly associated with the gender pay gap, but one local group is hoping to spark a conversation about another factor that plays into this global disparity.

Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned in the previous year, is usually observed in April. But the YWCA McLean County recognizes that race makes the gap even wider.

According to the YWCA, “August 22 marks the date an African American woman needs to work on average to earn as much as a white male the year before.” That amounts to “20 months of work to equal what a white male makes in 12 months.”

The “Equal Pay: Behind the Rally Cry” panel will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. Sponsored by the YWCA McLean County, Illinois State University’s College of Arts and Science and the League of Women Voters of McLean County, the panel is free and open to the public.

The panel will consist of area women addressing issues surrounding equal pay. The panel will be in a question and answer format and will cover various topics related to the impact of equal pay on women, intending to “spark discussion and provide resources.”

An “Equal Pay: Behind the Rally Cry” panel will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. Sponsored by the YWCA McLean County, Illinois State University’s College of Arts and Science and the League of Women Voters of McLean County, the panel is free and open to the public.

The panel will consist of area women addressing issues surrounding equal pay. The Q & A format will cover various topics related to the impact of equal pay on women and is meant to “spark discussion and provide resources.”

 

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mgbarbi@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic.


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