You Deserve a Raise


Hey, ladies. Stop and take a minute to think of all the work you've done since Jan. 1, 2009. Now ask yourself if you would have done all that work without being paid for it.

Today is Equal Pay Day for women and the date wasn't chosen arbitrarily; it represents just how far into the new year a woman would have to work to catch up to what her male counterparts made the year before.

Earlier this month, Idaho's Legislature passed HCR 23 recognizing April 28 as Equal Pay Day in conjunction with a nationwide movement. In fact, the resolution is the only piece of legislation Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart mentioned this week when Unda the Rotunda asked legislators what they considered to be the best work done this legislative session.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibited employers from discriminating against women when it comes to paychecks, however, current statistics estimate that women still only make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Gender discrimination on the accounting books made headlines earlier this year when President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Ledbetter sued her longtime employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., after discovering that for decades she'd been paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were compensated.

The Idaho Women's Network, in conjunction with the Organization for Gender Equality and Education, as well as the American Association of University Women, will host several events today in celebration of Equal Pay Day. Along with a seminar at Boise State teaching women how to better negotiate a salary and benefits, IWN hosts an Unhappy Hour at Tablerock Brewpub followed by a screening of Yes, Madam, Sir at Flicks.