On Tuesday, April 9, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and its members and observed Equal Pay Day, the day when women's wages catch up to men's wages from the year before.
More than 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, women continue to earn only 77 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts.
In this time of economic uncertainity, with women now making up half of the workforce, and more and more families relying on a woman's paycheck to make ends meet, pay equality is more important than ever.
In fact, research released in April 2007 by AAUW shows that just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens; by some estimates, women can lose up to $1million dollars over a 40-year career.
Nationally, AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Founded in 1881, AAUW is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization, with a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university partners.
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford branch of AAUW supports their national mission through the promotion of community-service opportunities, and by providing scholarships for area women to attend a two- or four- year college or university of their choice, in a field of their choosing.
Their biggest annual fundraiser, the AAUW Book Sale, will be taking place this year at the Midtown Mall on June 7 and June 8. Last October, AAUW organized a Candidates' Forum, offering the opportunity for the public to learn more about the local, state and national candidates running for office in the State of Michigan.
Member Meetings are held monthly from September through May, and include a social hour, dinner and a program.
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford branch of AAUW is currently accepting applications for new members.
Women and men who hold Associate's or Bachelor's Degrees from accredited educational institutions are eligible for membership.
A membership meeting is planned for May 14 at Pine Grove Country Club. Watch for details in The Daily News. You may also find us on Facebook at "American Association of University Women-Iron Mountain/Kingsford Branch."