Nevada County Branch of American Association of University Women on a mission for equal pay |

Nevada County Branch of American Association of University Women on a mission for equal pay

Pictured, standing from left, are AAUW Nevada County members Shirley Zeff, Cece Royal, Melanie Heckel, Ann Shulse, Virginia Horowitz, Joan Demarce-Rutledge, Gretchen Corbin, Jeanne Duerst, Carolyn Feuille and Chris Casey. Sitting is Bup Greenwood.
Submitted by Martha Rees

In recognition of Equal Pay Day, members of the Nevada County Branch of American Association of University Women joined other Northern California women at the California State Capitol on April 1. The Nevada County women had the chance to meet in the Senate Gallery, interact with legislators, and discuss the Equal Pay Resolution. They were also on hand as a group led by California’s first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the gender pay gap as part of an effort to achieve pay equality for women.

According the National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan advocacy group, California women, which account for approximately 41 percent of the state’s workforce, make 89 cents for every dollar that men make. The 2019 Equal Pay Day was April 2, the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information, visit or call 530-470-9395.

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