Thursday, April 30, 2015

[408] MTSU students promote equal pay for equal work April 14

MURFREESBORO — Women’s ongoing struggle for pay equity will get a boost at MTSU.

The MTSU student chapter of the American Association of University Women will host Equal Pay Day activities on campus Tuesday, April 14.

Baked goods will be on sale in the Keathley University Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An information table with pay equity literature will be in the Student Union lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, the median salaries of year-round, full-time women workers are only 77 percent of their male counterparts’ salaries.

During the last 23 years, the wage gap has narrowed by about 15 percentage points. However, about 60 percent of the change is due to the decline in men’s real earnings.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimates that it will take about 50 years to close the wage gap if change continues at that pace.

Women are encouraged to wear red on Equal Pay Day to symbolize the fact that it takes from Jan. 1 to Equal Pay Day for women to get “out of the red.”

For more information, contact AAUW MTSU President Sophie Naomi Plant at or Dr. Ayne Cantrell, MTSU professor emeritus and president-elect of Tennessee AAUW, at

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