Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Equality in the workforce – Zonta International (ZI) endeavors to empower women! The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) 2017 theme for International Women’s Day focused on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” on March 8, 2107, with a campaign theme of #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better working world with a more gender inclusive world. This day, March 8th, coincides with Zonta Rose Day, a day when Zontians worldwide distribute yellow roses accompanied with information about issues relating to improving the lives of women; the Zonta Yellow Rose symbolizes unity, joy, friendship, and We Care. With this symbol of support, Zontians all over the world highlight attention to inequality of the gender pay gap in the workforce which currently stands at 23 percent (percent) globally and persists in all countries.
ZI has consultative status as a Non-Governmental Organization with the UN and works in an advisory capacity with the CSW as they provide a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the global economy during the 61st session of CSW at the UN Headquarters in New York. In the final agreement, they committed to the implementation of equal pay policies through social dialogue, collective bargaining, job evaluations and gender pay audits, among other measures.
Equal Pay Day, a Tuesday in April, was started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 to highlight the gap between men and women’s wages. April symbolizes how far into the year women need to work to make what men did in the previous year – in other words, because women earn less on average, they must work approximately three months longer for the same pay – currently January 1 through April 4. In California, the Median Annual Earnings and Earnings Ratio for full-time, year-round workers (2015) indicates Male earnings $50,562; Female $43,335 with an earnings ratio of 86 percent; California ranks seventh among the 50 states – New York ranks highest with Male earnings $52,124; Female $46,208 and earnings ratio of 89 percent. Let’s improve these figures!
Each of us – women and men joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.
For information about Zonta, call Phyllis Walker at 661-251-1172.
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