Commission on Women
Commission on Women participates in Pay Equity Day

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Crystal Martzall

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2009) - The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCOW) has again this year joined the national effort to raise awareness about the wage gap between men and women.

Pay Equity Day is designated on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 because women must work this far into the calendar year on average to earn as much as men earned in the previous year. Nationally a woman earns 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, and in Kentucky the gap widens to 74 cents. For African American and Latino women the gap is still wider.

The Commission has made “Pay Equity Toolkits” available to any organization interested in hosting awareness activities. The toolkits contain fact sheets, suggested activities, sample letters to the editor and an historical timeline of women’s battle for equal wages in America.

“The simplest way to show support for this issue is for men and women to wear something red on April 28 to symbolize women are still in the red,” said KCOW Executive Director Eleanor Jordan. “It’s important to make it clear that this is not just a women’s issue. When the economic status of women is elevated, everyone benefits. We are one half of the population.”

The Commission presented Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo with red neckties to wear on Tuesday.

KCOW Chairwoman Aloma Dew and Secretary Nancy Eskridge, both from Owensboro, have planned a noon rally with speakers on the courthouse steps, 212 St. Ann Street in Owensboro.

The Louisville chapter of the Business and Professional Women are hosting an event at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street Tuesday at 4:30 pm. Jordan is the speaker.

To learn more about Pay Equity Day activities across Kentucky or Pay Equity Day visit