Equal Pay Day ceremony set for Tuesday

LIHUE – The public is invited to attend the Equal Pay Day proclamation ceremony hosted by the Kauai Committee on the Status of Women at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Courtyard.

During the ceremony, Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. will highlight the need to address the issue of equal pay for equal work, and encourage the elimination of the gender pay gap.

While the wage gap has improved since the 1960s, women still earn, on average, only 70 percent of what men earn.

“Women need the 30 percent pay loss particularly here on Kaua‘i, where the cost of food, housing, utilities, healthcare and transportation is among the highest in the nation,” said KCSW Chair Sharon Lasker.

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