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We’re Co-Hosting an (Un)Equal Pay (Un)Happy Hour on Monday 6/10/13

unhappy hourUrban League of Portland is co-hosting an (Un)Equal Pay (un)happy hour in Portland on Monday evening, June 10th for two reasons:

  1. It’s a birthday!  The Equal Pay Act turns 50 on Monday, June 10th.  Yes, it was 50 years ago – on June 10, 1963 – that President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law.  In those 50 years, the wage gap has closed by a mere $0.19: women in 1963 earned $0.58 to a man’s $1, today they earn $0.78 to a man’s dollar. 
  2. It’s a win! Last week the Oregon legislature passed a bill to study and recommend solutions to close Oregon’s gender wage gap.  In the next year we will have a list of Oregon-specific actions to make sure than women are paid equally for equal work.  As they should be. 

While it makes us (very) unhappy that women are still paid way less than men for equal work a full 50 years after our country decided to close the wage gap, it makes us very happy that we have elected leaders in Oregon  – like Senator Chris Edwards and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian – who are stepping up to solve a problem that affects women’s economic security for their entire lives and simply won’t be solved without additional action.

JOIN US to mark an important birthday & celebrate progress towards equal pay for equal work in Oregon.  Here are the details:

Hope to see you on the 10th!