On Tuesday, April 4, thousands of women from across the United States will join in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the new year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay.

At a time when America's economy is facing a downturn, every penny counts! Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates that the wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her lifetime. As a working woman, I am extremely concerned about pay inequity not only for myself, but for my family.

Fair pay takes real change! And we can make a difference. Here in Franklin we will join hundreds of other organizations across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. In Franklin, we will be accepting a Proclamation from Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson and Mayor Ronnie Clark acknowledging Tuesday, April 4, 2017 as Equal Pay Day in Franklin. The proclamation will further encourage the business community to review their pay practices to ensure that women are not discriminated against in Franklin by performing an Equal Pay Self-Audit provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.

Laura Tyree

vice president

Franklin Business and Professional Women

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