Senator Berta Gardner

August 26, 2014

 
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Women's Equality Day

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Senator Gardner awaiting the commencement of
Senator Gardner awaiting the commencement of the swearing in ceremony.

        Today we celebrate Women's Equality Day, the 94th anniversary of the women’s suffrage amendment to the US Constitution.

        Though we have made great progress in this struggle, it is too early to consider the battle over.  One glaring problem is that of equal pay - a topic of concern, national and locally. In Alaska, we are behind the national trend. Nationally women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to  men.  In Alaska, that figure is 67 cents.  

        Elimination of the gap will require a concerted effort.  A December 2013 report by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identified some obstacles to equal pay. Three of those would have far reaching impacts if implemented:

  • Ensure that positions requiring similar qualifications receive equal pay.
  • Offer women opportunities equal to their male counterparts for training, development assignments, networking, mentorship, and promotion into management.
  • Provide workplace policies that allow flexibility for employees who are also caregivers – men and women alike.

        Bringing awareness to the issue is just a first step.   In Alaska, 57% of minimum wage workers are women. Raising the minimum wage will be a first step in assisting low wage women.  Beyond that, there are 3 major factors that are partially influenced by the choices women can make:

  • Level of education or training.
  • Participation in the workforce.
  • Choice of occupation

         I want thank Hilary Morgan and the YWCA for the data I have used. 

         I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

         If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office

signed: Berta

 

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