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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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