Monday, February 08, 2016

[301] University women hold workshop on gender pay gap Feb. 11 at MTSU

MURFREESBORO — Gender pay inequity will be the topic at the American Association of University Women’s first branch meeting of 2016.

The Murfreesboro chapter will conduct advocacy training for closing the gender pay gap from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 101 of MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

Branch members with years of experience in public policy will empower participants with the knowledge necessary to promote equal pay for equal work.

On Jan. 29, President Obama proposed federal regulations that would require major companies to report salary statistics by race, gender and ethnicity. The purpose of the proposal would be to empower the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate and bring legal action against companies that discriminate.

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, women working full time in the United States make only 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. The gap is even greater for women of color.

AAUW maintains a web page devoted to in-depth gender pay gap research at

Dinner will be served at the meeting with a $5 donation. Contributions of new bath towels will be collected for the Rutherford County Domestic Violence Program.

For more information, contact Dia Cirillo, president of AAUW Murfreesboro and public policy chair for AAUW Tennessee, at 773-677-4238 or

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