Members Lisa Hulbert, Linda Anthony and Cindy Vickery met up with District 15 officers Cheryl Hall and Denise Quarles and may representatives from other organizations at the Equal Pay Day Rally in Lansing on Tuesday April 10th. Prior to the rally we attended the House Commerce and Labor committee meeting then met with representatives individually to provide information on the cause and express our desire to provide a 30 minute informational session to the committee at a future date. May were successful in connecting with the elected officials, others met with their staff.
The rally was held on the steps of the capitol and included several speeches from elected officials and a lawyer who specializes in equal pay cases. Everyone present agreed that we would rather not have to rally for equal pay because it was a reality and that we would all work toward that goal.
April 9th, 6:45 pm
Monday April 9th the City of Midland proclaimed April 10th as Equal Pay Day in Midland. There were representatives from League of Women Voters, AAUW, W.O.M.A.N, and Zonta in attendance who gave the council cookies with a section removed representing the missing money from women's pay. The event that was well received by all in attendance.
March Dinner Meeting
Judy Donahue from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will present Equal Pay issues and activities during the March dinner meeting on the 20th. The AAUW of Michigan along with Zonta International District 15 and many other area organizations are members of the Michigan Equal Pay Coalition that organizes the annual Equal Pay Day Rally in Lansing to support legislative efforts towards equal pay.
Equal Pay Day Rally April 10th
Join fellow Zontians at an Equal Pay Day rally on Tuesday, April 10th. This is a full day event. Zontians can register with the link below and pay $15. Our club members will be reimbursed the $15 from Advocacy committee funds after they attend the rally. Registration begins at 8:30 am and we'll finish up around 3:30 pm.
If we have enough people going, we will be looking into carpooling and/or a small bus of sorts to all ride together.
We would love as many people to attend as possible! Please wear red!!
Local Equal Pay Day Activities
Biggby Coffee and Grounds Coffee will be participating on April 10th and all women will receive 20% off their beverage that day.