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Equal Pay Day

By Staff | Apr 7, 2016

EQUAL PAY DAY -- More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, full-time women working year round in 2012 earned on average 77 percent of the earnings of their male counterparts, indicating little change or progress in pay equity. Emmetsburg City Administrator John Bird joined members of American Association of University Women, Palo Alto County, to sign a proclamation for Equal Pay Day. Tuesday, April 12, symbolizes the time in 2016 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year. Pictured (standing, from the left) are AAUW?members Angie Beem, Sue Brown, Renee Jedlicka, Mary Lou Morrison, Dr. Angie Fay, Roberta Hersom, Rosemary Matthews and Jane Hoyman. The City of Emmetsburg urges citizens to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force, and further encourages businesses to conduct an internal pay evaluation to ensure women are being paid fairly. --Jane Whitmore photo