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How to “Celebrate” Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. It’s also a powerful occasion to raise awareness about and organize action around the gender pay gap in your community. We need your help to organize AAUW Equal Pay Day activities in all 50 states!

What You Should Know about AAUW and Equal Pay Policy

In D.C.? Join us April 4 to “celebrate” AAUW’s Equal Pay Day unHappy Hour

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The gender pay gap is a primary issue for AAUW, and one that we have been working on for years. As early as 1922, AAUW’s legislative program called for a reclassification of the U.S. Civil Service and repeal of salary restrictions in the Women’s Bureau. In 1955, AAUW supported a bill introduced by Reps. Edith Green (D-OR) and Edith Rogers (R-MA) requiring “equal pay for work of comparable value requiring comparable skills.” Congress finally enacted the Equal Pay Act, a version of the 1955 bill, in 1963.

Despite the Equal Pay Act, the wage gap persists; women are typically paid just 80 cents on average for every dollar paid to men — and that number has barely budged in a decade. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and other civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap, significant disparities still must be addressed.

To improve the scope of the Equal Pay Act, AAUW advocates passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This would give employers stronger incentives to follow the law, enhance federal enforcement efforts, and prohibit retaliation against workers asking about wage practices.

AAUW promotes Equal Pay Day to draw attention to the gender pay gap and build support for the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Think 80 cents is bad? The pay gap is even worse for women of color. AAUW also observes Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day in March, African American Women’s Equal Pay Day in August, Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day in September, and Latina Equal Pay Day in October.

Upcoming Events


Watch for our April Program meeting.

Members and guests are asked to arrive early so the program can start promptly at noon.  Participants may bring brown-bag lunch if desired.

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NSU faculty named 2017 Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year

The Oklahoma Council for Indian Education (OCIE) has named Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke as the Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year for 2017. Benn-Duke is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in Northeastern State University’s College of Education.

Of Cherokee and Muscogee Creek descent, Benn-Duke has been involved in cultural activities and events throughout her life. She has been an educator in Cherokee County for more than 25 years and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English education and master’s degree in education with an emphasis in school administration at NSU. She also recently completed the curriculum studies doctorate program at Oklahoma State University with a cognate area of oral history.

As an educator working with pre-service teachers, Benn-Duke helps students make connections between historic events and the needs of today’s children. By working with students who will become classroom teachers, she said she hopes to prepare students to meet the needs of Native children and other diverse populations in Oklahoma classrooms.

She will present two sessions on helping non-Native educators more effectively meet the needs of Native students at the 37th Annual OCIE Conference on Dec. 12 and 13.