Equal Pay Day’s date symbolizes how far into the year all women, on average, must work to earn what men earned in the previous year due to the gender wage gap.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the League of Women Voters of Vermont, and Vermont Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) invite the public to join this annual gathering of advocates at the State House the morning of Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 10th, to help bring attention to the gender wage gap.
Upon opening of the day’s legislative session, projected to be 10:30 a.m., a resolution designating it Equal Pay Day in Vermont will be read in the House, put forth by lead sponsor Mollie S. Burke - Vermont State Representative and other policymakers, and observed by advocates (like you) dressed in red, symbolizing women being “in the red” due to the gender wage gap.
At noon Governor Phil Scott will sign an Equal Pay Day proclamation in his ceremonial office. This event will feature several speakers, including Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice President for UVM Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Vermont, Marilyn Grunewald, BPW Parliamentarian, and Cary Brown, VCW's Executive Director.
Additionally, in the afternoon, Change The Story VT (CTS) will join BPW in offering policymakers coffee and Vermont Works for Women's Peanut Butter Bars (by suggested wage gap-related donation).
We’re excited to be joined in the State House by advocates participating in the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s annual Legislative Day!
Interested in joining us? We’ve love to have you! RSVPs to VCW.firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated, but not necessary.