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Students to Mark Equal Pay Day with Symbolic Bake Sale

Students join with American Association of University Women to raise awareness about pay

Bethlehem, Pa., April 15, 2010—Students at Moravian College will join with the Bethlehem branch of the American Association of University Women to recognize Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man in the previous year—almost an extra four months.

The students will be holding a bake sale with a twist from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building on the College’s Main Street campus. Males will have to pay $1 for their cookies, while all females will be charged $.77 to illustrate the statistic from the U. S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics that women who work full-time earn about 77 cents for every dollar men earn.

“After talking to some of the women from Bethlehem AAUW, I decided I had to do my part to help advocate for pay equity,” said student Colleen Siti ’10. “Equal pay has been the law since 1963, but today, 47 years later, women are still paid less than men—even when we have similar education, skills and experience. This really opened my eyes to the inequities in the workplace.”

The American Association of University Women has long fought to end wage discrimination. Wage discrimination lowers total lifetime earnings thereby reducing women’s benefits from Social Security and pension plans and inhibiting their ability to save not only for retirement but for other lifetime goals such as buying a home and paying for a college education.

Besides cookies, cupcakes and brownies, visitors to the HUB can pick up information flyers or sign a petition to encourage Congress to continue sponsoring effective pay equity legislation.