City of Lawrenceburg Takes Stand for Equal Pay

Mayor Goodlett Reading ProclamationAnn Bond Chilton, Reda Bianchi, and Mildred Cox Hodson

The City of Lawrenceburg took a stand today to help fight for equal pay for women by declaring April 4th as Equal Pay Day.

The proclamation, which outlined the gender pay gap nationally at 79% in 2014, was organized by Ann Bond Chilton.  Ann, who is a member of the American Association of University Women of the Kentucky Bluegrass Central Branch, reached out to city officials to have a proclamation made to coincide with the National Pay Equity Day.

According to Reda Bianchi, who is also a member of the AAUW, they decided to hold the proclamation at the Mrs Cox shop, which has been owned and operated by Mildred Cox Hodson for many years.  They also invited local women business owners who have helped support the downtown revitalization for the proclamation.

Read by Mayor Goodlett, the proclamation outlined the many factors that relate to the pay gap and the importance of equal pay.  According to a report done by the AAUW, which helps advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, the pay gap starts just one year out of college graduation.

The proclamation continued stating that the gap is harmful for families as four out of ten mothers are the primary breadwinners in their households.  The lower pay is also harmful for those later in life with less retirement saved as well as less support from Social Security and pension funds.

However, if the Paycheck Fairness Act is passed, the proclamation stated that the gap will be reduced by closing loopholes in the current system.  It also stated that the removal of the gap can be implemented simply and without excess costs.

Mayor Goodlett, at the end of the proclamation, also encouraged businesses to make sure women employees are being paid the same as men.

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