The Storm Lake United Methodist Women will be remembering International Women's Day by ringing our church bell at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. As a women's group in solidarity with women throughout t he world, we will be drawing attention to the wage gap which still exists between men and women workers.
Did you know that on average, a women would need to work several more days to earn as much as a man earns in a year? " Equal Pay Day," which this year is April 22, symbolizes the number of days into the new year a woman would work to earn what a man earned in 2007. That is 113 days into the year!
What can we do to reconcile this wage gap? Businesses can take the first step towards achieving pay equity by examining their pay practices to determine if they treat all employees equally. Individuals can contact their Representatives and Senators to remind them how important fair pay is to everyone. And we can mobilize groups of women to talk about the wage gap.
Our United Methodist Women hope to draw attention to this concern by our bell ringing. We will ring the bell 113 times, signifying the extra days a women would work this year. Our 4 o'clock time will signal the traditional end of a work day. Listen for the bells across the state, as other women's groups are expected to participate in this event as well.