The American Associa-tion of University Women (AAUW) in association with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the National Panhellenic Council hosted the Equal Pay Day event on the campus of the State University of New York in Fredonia. AAUW member, Dr. Carmen Rivera, Kelli Barnes, a student and member of the National Panhellenic Council, and Kayla Frazer, graduate intern for Women's and Gender Studies, coordinated the event.
According to the most recently available statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, the average woman working full time, year-round was paid just 77 percent of what the average man earned - a persistent gap of 23 percent. This pay gap begins early in women's careers. According to AAUW's research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, women only one year out of college, working full time, were paid on average just 82 percent of what their male counterparts were paid.
The SUNY Fredonia students created an information table in McEwen Hall that visually illustrated the pay gap. Information to raise awareness about the issue was shared and petitions encouraging legislators to support stronger equal pay laws in New York State were circulated.
SUNY Fredonia students manning the AAUW table in McEwen Hall are, from left, Jillian Burgess, Elizabeth Domachowske and Whitney Tracy.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, and research. Membership is open to college students as well as anyone holding an associate's or higher degree from an accredited college or university. One focus of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Branch is to offer scholarships to SUNY Fredonia and Empire College students.
If interested in learning more about AAUW or becoming a member, contact Peg Tiffany at 673-1838.