Equal Pay Day for women in the workplace

Area women's groups will gather on the steps of the St. Joseph County Courthouse to raise awareness about the persistent wage gap between men and women and to recognize Equal Pay Day.

April 9th marks the time in the new year in which the wages paid to American women catch
up to the wages paid to men from the previous year.

The wage gap means that year-round, full-time working women in 2011 earned only 77 percent of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men, according to statistics released in 2011 by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Indiana, full-time working women in Indiana lose approximately $9.8 million each year due to the wage gap.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will issue a proclamation designating April 9th as Equal Pay Day.

All citizens are welcome to join representatives from YWCA North Central Indiana, AAUW-South
Bend, the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area, the IU South Bend Women's & Gender Studies Program, and students from area campuses. They will gather on the eastside steps of the St. Joseph County Courthouse on Tuesday, wearing red to show support for pay equity.

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