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LINCROFT, NJ – “Narrowing the Wage Cap, a program highlighting the differences in pay for men and women, will be featured at the March 26 Central District Interbranch meeting of the AAUW.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lincroft Warner Student Life Center of Brookdale Community College, rooms 106-107, and is being hosted by the Northern Monmouth County Branch of the AAUW,and co-sponsored by Brookdale student clubs WILL (Women in Learning and Leadership) and WEST (Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology), with the assistance of AAUW’s college/university reps at Brookdale, Professor Sue Monroe and Professor Roseanne Alvarez.

The Central District branch meets annually in March honoring Equal Pay Day, which this year is March 31, the date symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.   Equal Pay Day for moms is June 4; for black women it is August 13; and for Latinas it is November 2.

In 2018 AAUW pledged to train 10 million women to negotiate fair and equitable salaries and benefits by 2022.  Just recently AAUW’s 2020 Gender Policy Agenda was announced, naming its top priority under Economic Security as “Ensure equal pay for equal work.”

Panel for the March 26 program , moderated by Dr. Mary Gatta,  includes Dr. Nicola Blake, CUNY professor; Joann Downey, attorney and NJ State Assemblywoman; Janet Lee, LCSW, of 180 Turning Lives Around; Retha Onitiri, MS,  NJ Institute for Social Justice; and Amy Quinn, attorney and deputy mayor of Asbury Park. The women will present  facts about the gap, its impact, possible solutions, and AAUW’s efforts to narrow it, including the Start Smart and Work Smart programs.

The AAUW-NJ will hold its spring Annual Meeting on April 18 at The Rutgers Club, 85 Avenue E (2nd Floor), in Piscataway.  For further information on these programs or the AAUW, contact www.aauw.org/fairpay, https://salary.aauw.org/, www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-genderpay-gap/.