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April 06. 2014 7:49PM

BPW gathering focuses on wage gap for women

Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Greater Derry/Londonderry plan to gather on Tuesday at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester to call attention to what the group calls “the persistent and sizable gap between men’s and women’s wages despite laws passed to rectify this inequality.”

According to the latest Census, on average, full-time working women earned 77 cents to every dollar earned by men, the group said in a news release. The gap is even worse for women of color, the BPW said. “Over a lifetime of work this loss adds up, as women lose out on $9,575 per year and $434,000 in a lifetime due to the wage gap,” the BPW said.

April 8 symbolizes the day when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous year. Every year in April, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation along with hundreds of other women’s, civil rights, labor and community organizations come together for a national day of action promoting fair pay known as Equal Pay Day.

“The bottom line for women and businesses is that pay discrimination happens and steps need to be taken to remedy it,” said Susan Hanna, chair of Greater Londonderry BPW Foundation, in a prepared statement. “This persistent wage gap not only impacts the economic security of women and their families today; it also directly affects women’s retirement security down the road.”



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