For Immediate Release: April 10, 2015
Contact: Senator Janis Ringhand, (608) 266-2253
Senator Ringhand and AAUW to Commemorate Equal Pay Day at UW-Whitewater
State Senator Janis Ringhand is announcing that she will join the American Association of University Women in commemorating Equal Pay Day at UW Whitewater on Tuesday, April 14.
“In the 53 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, we’ve seen the average pay of women in America rise from 60 cents on the dollar to 78 cents,” Senator Ringhand said. “It is amazing that despite having a law on the books for 53 years, there is still a pay gap in America. We should not wait another 50 years for women to receive equal pay for equal work.”
Sarah Bregant, President of the American Association of University Women at UW-Whitewater has announced a series of events to commemorate Equal Pay Day beginning Monday when the Whitewater Student Government will be voting to declare April 14 Equal Pay Day on campus.
“I would like to thank the Whitewater Student Government and university officials who have been helpful in assisting our effort to increase awareness of pay equity,” said Bregant. “Women have come a long way since the first pay equity laws were passed, but there is much more we can do to close the pay gap.”
Schedule of Events: Equal Pay Day – Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – UW-Whitewater
10:00am – 3:00pm – UW-Whitewater AAUW members will be in the University Center on campus to share information to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.
5:00pm - The public is invited to attend a forum on the pay equity gap in Timmerman Auditorium in Hyland Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus. Speakers confirmed for the Tuesday’s forum include:
Kathy McCarville - AAUW State Board Member
Stephanie Abbott - Whitewater Common Councilmember
Erin Forrest - Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director
State Senator Janis Ringhand
Senator Ringhand added that AAUW serves as a great resource for research and information regarding the pay gap. A new report from AAUW, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what we can do to close it. The report includes state by state data on how the pay gap affects women of different ages, ethnicities and education levels.
For more information about the Gender Pay Gap or to download a copy of AAUW’s new report, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap go to: