0The Sarah Isom Center is proud to welcome to The University of Mississippi Attorney and Advocate Noreen Farrell in April for her lecture on the pay gap, in recognition of Equal Pay Day.

The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This date symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.

From WhiteHouse.Gov on Equal Pay:

Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the "gender gap" in pay persists. Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.

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