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The Art of Mentoring PDF Download

Women's Equality Day by Anne M. Gannon
August 26, 2013
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Shining a Light On Women In Business*

Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women
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Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook, has just published a  new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Her key message is that, notwithstanding the many gender biases that still operate all over the workplace, excuses and justifications won’t get women anywhere. Instead, believe in yourself, give it your all, “lean in,” and don’t be afraid to step up to the next challenge.

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  • Beyond the need to address the inequity of the gender pay gap and thereby strengthen women's economic stability, we need to advocate for fair pay. According to Melissa Josephs, director of equal opportunity policy at Women Employed, “fair pay includes a higher minimum wage, a right to earn sick days, protections against the abuses of irregular schedules and parity in benefits for part-time workers.” Josephs points out that “More women who want full-time jobs are working part time, and as a result, have no access to basic benefits.”  See also a recent The New York Times article on part-time work, "A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift," which points out how this type of work pushes many into poverty.
    Minx Boren, EWPB President-Elect

  • Women on average earn less than men and in fact it requires more than 3 months and one week of working for women to equalizer their pay with men. And now not only do women have to work 3 months and one week more to have equal pay they are the one's who are disproportionally hurt by the sequestration cuts. "Sequestration harms women and girls through cuts to K–12 funding, higher-education programs, work-force training, funding for agencies that enforce civil rights protections like equal pay, women’s health programs, and programs that promote getting more women into high-wage science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers undefined just to name a few." How can women make up for this deficit??  They can't. And neither can her family. " Make no mistake, equal pay is a family issue."
    Cynthia Gracey, EWPB Past President
  • Did you know that on average a woman has to work 4 extra months to catch up with the wages her male counterpart makes in the same job.?  Did you know that Seattle was the worse offender of pay inequality?  I learned this and more in this article. Luckily the article provided something more than working 4 extra months to do.

The Paycheck Fairness Act is modest, reasonable legislation that would go a long way toward eliminating the wage gap. It would strengthen the Equal Pay Act, prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who discuss salary information with their co-workers, help women fight discrimination, and establish stronger workplace protections for women. It has been introduced again this Congress, and it should be a priority for any lawmaker that values America's families and equality. 

The Paycheck Fairness Act should pass this year. It has widespread 
public support and the nation is tired of partisan politics and special interests blocking the progress we need. As we await federal action, local and state lawmakers, too, can take action to close the wage gap.

So what we can do is call our representatives and demand that this Act pass this year.  It is the fair thing to do for women and it is the fair thing to do for families and many of us thought this had all been done years ago.  Well it is time to wake up ladies and get this legislation passed.

Write up by CynthiaGracey, EWPB Past-President

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