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Evelyn Murphy to Visit Moravian College for Talk on Wage Equality

Former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts to present on March 18

Evelyn MurphyBethlehem, Pa., March 13, 2014—Former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Evelyn Murphy will present a talk at Moravian College discussing equal wage rights for women in the workforce. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, located in the Haupert Union Building (the HUB) on Moravian College's Main Street Campus. Murphy will discuss the tools and techniques workers need to be comfortable, confident, and committed to getting paid what they are worth. The event is open to the public and free of admission.

Murphy talk is sponsored by the American Association of University Women –Bethlehem. Murphy is the founder and president of The WAGE Project (Women Are Getting Even), Inc., a nationwide, grassroots, action-oriented organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap by getting women paid fairly. She has been featured in the New York Times and other nationwide publications.

Murphy earned a B.A. from Duke University in mathematics; an M.A. in economics from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. In the late 1970s, she served as Massachusetts secretary of environmental affairs with responsibility for the state’s environmental policy, and from 1983-1985, she was appointed the state's secretary of economic affairs with responsibility for the state’s economic policies and programs. In 1986, Murphy was elected Lt. Governor and became the first woman in the state’s 200 year history to hold constitutional office.

Prior to that, despite the state’s progressive image, no woman had ever been elected Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, or U.S. Senator in Massachusetts. After her campaign for governor, she served as the managing director of an esteemed law firm, a corporate director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Shawmut National Banks of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Fleet National Bank, Fleet Mortgage Company, and Fleet Credit Card Corporation. During all of these positions that she has held, Murphy also spent her time focusing on the wage differences between genders, and she has worked diligently to bridge this gap.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to members to full participation in this organization on the basis of race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national orientation, disability or class

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Michael Wilson at wilson@moravian.edu or 610-861-1365.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.