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Equal Pay Day 2019 Content Suggestions

1. AAUW Applauds Paycheck Fairness Act Introduction in Congress

AAUW Applauds Paycheck Fairness Act Introduction in Congress

The Paycheck Fairness Act is sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill is bipartisan in the House of Representatives and co-sponsored by every Democrat in both the House and Senate. (A version of the bill was first introduced in 1997.) The Paycheck Fairness Act is also an important complement to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which ensures that ongoing pay discrimination at work can be challenged regardless of when the discrimination began. That act was signed into law 10 years ago on January 29, 2009.
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2. Fact Sheet: The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2019

“The Paycheck Fairness Act is essential to eradicating practices that have perpetuated the pay gap for far too long. In 2019, the idea that we still don’t have equal pay for equal work is nothing short of outrageous. AAUW urges the 116th Congress to take this important step towards pay equity with the swift passage of the bill.”

— Kim Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women

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3. A Q&A with Lilly Ledbetter, Fierce Champion of Equal Pay

As one of the first women hired as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1979, Lilly Ledbetter showed leadership potential from the start. When she found out after many years on the job that she was earning substantially less than her male colleagues, she challenged her employer in federal court.
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4. Victory For Equal Pay

Closing the gender wage gap will take work on many fronts, but one key tool is having more information about salaries. Removing the shroud of secrecy about who earns what is a critical step towards ensuring equal pay for equal work.
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5. Simple Truth

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.
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6. U.S. Cities Reveal a Wide Range of Gender and Racial Pay Gaps

The gender pay gap is a real and consistent problem, which is all too apparent when we examine the data on the earnings of men and women. No matter how you break down the numbers—by state, by age, by education, or by occupation—the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this problem, as our new analysis shows.

AAUW has analyzed the pay gap faced by women of different races and ethnicities in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis revealed that there is a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.
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November 2018 Content Suggestions

1. The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.

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2. Get Paid What You’re Worth

AAUW’s renowned The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap report finds women are still paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man! We can change that with AAUW’s multipronged economy security initiative: by changing laws, encouraging employers to improve workplace cultures and practices, and empowering women to negotiate to their financial futures by making our Work Smart program available nationwide.
Learn more about Work Smart Online and join the Members Mobilize a Million Challenge.
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Additional Resources: Use the tools on the Members Mobilize a Million Social Media pageto get the word out in your newsletters, on your websites, and in your social media posts


3. AAUW Action Fund Congressional Voting Record

The CVR provides information about senators’ and representatives’ co-sponsorship and votes. Each legislator is scored based on their record on AAUW priorities, which were decided on the basis of the AAUW Public Policy Program, adopted by AAUW members. These priorities include equal pay, education, campus sexual assault, campaign finance, human trafficking, and reproductive rights. The CVR is distributed to every member of Congress.

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4. AAUW National Election Comment Period

In spring 2019 AAUW members will be asked to vote on amendments to the Public Policy Priorities in addition to electing members to the national Board of Directors. Now through January 11, 2019, comment on the changes recommended by the AAUW Public Policy Committee, propose amendments to the bylaws, or propose a resolution. It’s your AAUW, and your voice counts.

Get Involved Today.
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5.Schools Are Still Under-reporting Sexual Harassment and Assault

AAUW research has found that women on college campuses and girls in junior high and high school frequently experience sexual harassment, sexual abuse or assault, and other crimes or behavior that constitute sex discrimination under Title IX. These experiences hurt their ability to focus on their academic goals and can diminish their equal access to educational opportunities. But educational institutions frequently fail to accurately report the sexual harassment or assault that is occurring on their watch.

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6. November 27th is GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks. Black Friday is a day for getting deals. Why not designate a day for giving back? That’s the question that inspired Giving Tuesday, a day to launch the season of giving that comes with the holidays.
Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and unites charities, families, businesses, and communities to celebrate generosity and the spirit of giving during the holiday season.
Because AAUW’s work to empower women and girls is so wide-ranging, each donation on Giving Tuesday will make a difference. Your gifts to AAUW change lives, covering everything from registration fees for a girl to attend a science and math camp to a fellowship to pay for child care while a mother is in graduate school.

If you are interested in creating a way to receive donations for your branch, take a look at our fundraising resource.

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  4. Page- A Page is one of the two places to edit and publish content. Pages are meant to be a permanent staple in your website, and only one page is displayed at a time.
  5. Post- A Post is one of the two places to edit and publish content. Posts are (often) shorter, time-sensitive chunks of information. Many posts are displayed at once, in a list, for newest down to oldest.  However, you may choose to only have one post show at a time.
  6. Sticky Post– A Sticky Post is just like a regular post, only it has been selected to be a “sticky” at the top of the page. No matter when it was posted and how much is posted after it, it remains right at the top. It is also highlighted inside a green box by the AAUW style template.
  7. Plugin– A Plugin is a site addition in WordPress.  Plugins provide auxiliary functions to your site, such as spam protection (Askimet), newsletter signup (MailChimp) and online payments/donations (PayPal).
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