AAUW Honolulu’s advocacy chair, Susan Wurtzburg, was instrumental in focusing attention on the gender pay gap and equality in Hawaii by organizing a variety of 2016 Equal Pay Day activities on Oahu.
Governor David Ige and City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kurt Caldwell, signed proclamations acknowledging Equal Pay Day and committing their respective administrations to equal pay for equal work. In addition to members of AAUW Honolulu, Catherine Betts, executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, and representatives from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and the US Department of Labor and attended the signings.
AAUW Honolulu and Windward members and students organized events at UH Manoa and Windward Community College to educate the campuses of the impact of the wage gap on women in Hawaii.
The day ended with an (un)Happy Hour at downtown watering hole Ferguson’s Pub, which offered discounted drinks and appetizers to those observing Equal Pay Day at 14 percent off — a reminder of the 14 cent difference between what the sexes are paid in Hawaii and that much work still needs to be done to close the gap.
Given that the pay gap is projected to last another 100 years at our current rate of progress…See you next year!