WHAT: Equal Pay Day “Women and Leadership” Press Conference. Throughout the nation, women’s organizations observe Equal Pay Day each April, symbolizing how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year due to the gender wage gap.
WHERE: 12:00 | Cedar Creek Room | Vermont State House
WHY: Advocates for equal pay at this press conference will address the gender wage gap and unveil Change The Story’s new “Vermont Women and Leadership” report. Change The Story is an initiative of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the Vermont Women’s Fund, and Vermont Works for Women designed to fast-track women’s economic status in our state. The report reveals new data about participation of women in various leadership roles in Vermont, including federal, state and municipal government, Abenaki Nations, academia, law enforcement, and the corporate and non-profit sectors. By some measures, Vermont is a national pacesetter in its share of women in key leadership positions. By others, women’s leadership status lags behind other states. Overall, Vermont women have yet to achieve equal representation as leaders in any but a few political, civic or professional realms.
WHO: Featuring: Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, State Treasurer Beth Pearce, Vermont Tech President Pat Moulton, Melody Brook of the Abenaki Women’s Council and VT Commission on Native American Affairs, Joe Fusco of UVM’s Grossman School of Business and VP at Casella Waste Systems, Jen Kimmich Co-founder/Owner of The Alchemist, and VCW Executive Director Cary Brown. Members of Women’s Caucus of the Legislature, the League of Women Voters of VT, VCW, VT Federation of Business and Professional Women and others will be present, wearing red to symbolize women being “in the red” due to the wage gap.
Additional Equal Pay Day events include:
Equal Pay Day Resolution | Following opening proceedings in the House
Equal Pay Day Proclamation Signing | 11:30 AM | Governor’s ceremonial office