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NOW – Equal Pay Day

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Local NOW Chapter to Host Equal Pay Day (Un)Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 12 is Equal Pay Day, and the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is hosting an (Un) Happy Hour to bring attention to the wage disparity between women and men, but do so in a fun way. The party will take place at Bier One, 424 SW Coast Highway, Newport, from 4 to 7 p.m. Bier One is offering all women a 20% discount on drinks, and NOW is providing hors d’oeuvres (while the last). This is a community event.

Equal Pay Day 2016 is the day when women’s earnings finally catch up to what men made in 2015; women in the United States have to work almost 3 ½ additional months to make what men earned during the 12 months of 2015. Women in Oregon make approximately $0.79 for every dollar that men earn. Native and African American women and Latinas fare much worse.

Working women in the United States are paid on average more than $10,000 less per year than men. That is almost equivalent to one year of rent. When you consider that in six out of 10 families a mother is the primary or co-breadwinner, this wage gap makes a huge difference in a family’s economic security. The gender-based wage gap, at the current rate, will not close completely for another four decades.

The good news is that there is movement in Oregon to close the wage gap. The recently enacted increased minimum wage will benefit women most, as far more women than men work at minimum wage jobs. The broad paid sick leave law that went into effect January 1 will also be a boon to working women; in addition to being used for illness, sick leave may be taken for absences resulting from workplace or school closures, or for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking that affect the employee or the employee’s family members.

Please join Central Oregon Coast NOW for the Equal Pay Day (Un) Happy Hour. This will be a fun community event. For more information, please email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com. Website: www.centraloregoncoastnow.com.

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