MTSU students promote equal pay for equal work in April 14 events

Women’s ongoing struggle for pay equity will get a boost at MTSU Tuesday, April 14, as the student chapter of the American Association of University Women hosts Equal Pay Day activities on campus.

Equal Pay Day AAUW 2015 illus webBaked goods will be on sale in the Keathley University Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14.

An information table with pay equity literature will be in the Student Union lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Committee on Pay Equity reports that median salaries of year-round, full-time women workers are only 77 percent of their male counterparts’ salaries.

During the last 23 years, the wage gap has narrowed by about 15 percentage points. About 60 percent of the change, however, is due to the decline in men’s real earnings.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimates that it will take about 50 years to close the wage gap if change continues at that pace.

Women are encouraged to wear red on Equal Pay Day to symbolize the fact that it takes from Jan. 1 to Equal Pay Day for women to get “out of the red.”

For more information, contact AAUW MTSU President Sophie Naomi Plant at ncp2q@mtmail.mtsu.edu or Dr. Ayne Cantrell, MTSU professor emerita and president-elect of Tennessee AAUW, at acantrell@comcast.net.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)