AAUW OKLAHOMA TEEN VOICES CONTEST
In the waning days of Women’s History Month, AAUW Oklahoma is pleased to announce the inaugural AAUW Oklahoma Teen Voices Contest celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.
The purpose of the AAUW Oklahoma Teen Voices Contest is to empower the next generation of Oklahoma women to engage with their past in order to serve their future, and specifically, how to do this through research with AAUW. AAUW Oklahoma serves to better cultivate young leaders in our state and support them as they embark upon their college educations. This contest supports AAUW’s national mission to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. All Oklahoma girls or femme-identifying students who are currently grades 9-12 are eligible to enter.
One contestant from each branch may be selected to compete at the state level during our state leadership conference on July 13 at the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition office in Oklahoma City.
Winners will be selected no later than June 24. Each of the branch winners will be invited to compete and present at the AAUW Oklahoma State Leadership conference on July 13. AAUW Oklahoma will award a $250 prize for first place, a $100 prize for second place, and a $50 prize for third place.
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 Equal Pay Policy and the Gender Pay Gap
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 gender pay gap persists; women are typically paid just 80 cents 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 gender pay gap, these actions only cover segments of the American working population, and many important protections are not yet codified in law. Moreover, there are numerous other reasons for discrimination and pay disparity that must be addressed.
AAUW continues to advocate for strong pay equity legislation, regulation, and enforcement to protect employees and assist employers.
Equal Pay Day is an opportunity to draw attention to the gender pay gap and to call for legislative action and other solutions, including AAUW’s salary negotiation workshops, to curb this pervasive problem.
Think 80 cents is bad? The pay gap is even worse for some women of color. AAUW also observes equal pay days throughout the year focusing on Asian American, African American, Native American, and Latina women.