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April 12, 2011 has been designated as “Equal Pay Day”

Monday, February 28, 2011  
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April 12, 2011 has been designated as "Equal Pay Day” – it’s the day that symbolizes the extra amount of time a woman must work – from January 1, 2010 to April 12, 2011 – for her wages to equal what a man could earn in the 2010 calendar year alone.

The Women’s Bureau Region 9 office is pleased to announce that a resource kit, complete with a power point presentation, brochure, case studies, lesson plans and instructions for assembling a "cookie bag” is now available for community advocates and educators. The resource kit is based on the successful project developed by the Santa Clara County’s Office of Women’s Policy and the Coalition for Equal Pay. This free resource is loaded onto a CD and also has instructions for updating it annually so that you can use it in future years. The project was expanded this year to help community leaders in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Guam, offer meaningful educational programs and work with educators in their local communities on equal pay activities. The project was developed by the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy and the Equal Pay Coalition of Santa Clara County and was funded in part through a contract with the Women’s Bureau’s Region 9 office.

In previous years, social science, economics and history teachers in Santa Clara County, CA have used these materials to catch the attention of hundreds of students during April. Teachers have reported that students share the information with their friends and relatives. Promoting education and awareness is one of the most important ways to reduce the wage gap and ensure that individuals are paid wages based upon their work equal to their peers’ –– regardless of their gender.

To receive a free Equal Pay Resource Kit in the mail, please contact the Coalition for Equal Pay at or call 408-396-8039. Questions about the project can also be directed to Kelly Jenkins-Pultz in the Women’s Bureau Region 9 office at 858-547-9912 or by email to: Please feel free to share this message with your colleagues that might be interested in participating in the project.

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