Equal Pay Day

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- We have all heard of “the glass ceiling,” a phrase used to describe a limit on a person's earning potential. Many say this is especially true for women. Stephanie Brletic reports on how some people are trying to level the playing field.

Whether or not people acknowledge or believe in the glass ceiling, economists say it is true that women do make less than men, earning just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Some experts say there are several reasons why women make less money. One suggestion is that women often take breaks from their career to care for families. Another is that women simply accept the fact that they will make less than men, so they do not try to negotiate or increase their salary.

“Be aware that there is such a problem and to really advocate for yourself that you are just as productive as a man and demand an appropriate level of pay based on that,” Austin College economics professor Dr. Melanie Fox Kean says.

The Sherman City Council is making a proclamation at Monday night's meeting, declaring Tuesday, April 22, to be Equal Pay Day at the request of the Business and Professional Women Organization to raise awareness of the problem.

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