Equal Pay Day Rally!

Equal Pay Day was Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011, and the WRC took action. Joined by 9to5, we took our demand for economic justice to the Auraria campus streets and joined arms with 9to5, wearing red to signify that women are “still in the red!”

So, what is Equal Pay Day? The historic wage inequality that continues to this day helped lock rising income inequality into place. Today, a significant pay gap still exists for women and people of color. In 2010, Wisconsin women earned $10,000 less annually than men. We are now staring down the reality that women’s second-class position in the labor market keeps alive the problem of the gaping divide in incomes. As we look to the future, women dominate the jobs where the greatest employment growth will occur in coming years. Yet, the vast majority of these jobs – nursing aides, home health aides, child care workers, salespersons – pay in the lowest rung of government rankings of occupations.

The old-fashioned kind of income inequality that still keeps women earning less than men on average holds families back, and perpetuates the gulf between the 1 percent and the 99 percent. Closing the earnings gap between men and women is one essential step to any serious solution to the problem of income inequality. Huffington Post explains why equal pay is important to everyone. Huffington post and Feministing.com give a roundup of myths, politicians perspectives, and data on wages around the nation.

It’s time to close the gap and take action!

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Michael Kimmel speaks at Auraria Denim Day

Michael Kimmel speaks at Auraria Denim Day

Michael Kimmel, a leading scholar on men and masculinity, spoke at Denim Day yesterday. His speech highlighted the notion that rape is a men’s problem, because men are 99% of rape perpetrators. We need to shift the conversation about rape and violence to one of male responsibility instead of simply telling women to wear more conservative outfits or don’t go out at night. Women who are raped are not at fault; the rapists are! What do you think about this shift in the conversation?

To learn more about Kimmel’s ideas and work, please visit michaelkimmel.com and look into one of his many excellent books.

Denim Day– Tomorrow at Auraria!

We can’t believe that TOMORROW is Denim Day! The month of April has really flown by. We’ve been busy sponsoring and co-sponsoring a number of great events on campus, including Denim Day tomorrow.

The history of Denim Day: In 1992, an 18 year old girl in Italy was picked up by her driving instructor to begin a driving lesson. Soon after, she was raped on the side of the road by the instructor. She pressed charges and won her case. The instructor appealed and the case when to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the Court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefore the victim must have willingly participated. Women of the Italian legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest. For more information visit: http://www.denimdayusa.org).

Auraria’s observance of Denim Day begins tomorrow at 11 am with a rally at the Tivoli Commons. We’ll begin marching at 11:45 and end at the 9th Street Park at 12:15 for a picnic and speeches from The Colorado Mammoth, The Denver Roller Dolls, Kathy Robertson of Abby’s Voice and Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History.

We’ve been looking forward to this event for a long time; we hope you can make it! (And remember to wear denim!)

“My Love… My Friend…” Workshop

The Phoenix Center at Auraria is offering a free workshop for friends and family member of survivors of interpersonal violence on Friday April 27th from 9am to 1pm. The “My Love . . . My Friend” workshop was developed to meet the needs of survivors by helping prepare their friends and loved ones to become positive forces in their lives. It is devised to help survivors’ loved ones to develop the skills it takes to become understanding and caring supporters for their loved ones, who have been hurt due to interpersonal violence. It can be scary being a support person to someone who has survived interpersonal violence and we don’t automatically have a toolkit to manage this. Educating those individuals who are closest to the survivors will provide the survivors with the support systems they need as they begin their journey to heal. Support systems are an extremely important component in the healing process. It is important to the survivors to know that there are people in their lives who they can trust to believe their story and support their efforts. Education is an important tool in helping to circumvent the rise of interpersonal violence.

Registration is free to UCD and CCD students, staff and faculty. Please call the Phoenix Center at Auraria (303-556-6011) to sign up by this Thursday, April 26th.