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9 to 5 But Still Not Equal Working Women: Why is Their Paycheck So Low?

For the first time in history women account for half of America’s workforce, according to the recent Shriver Report. As the recession reshapes the workforce, women are less likely to lose their jobs than men. Nevertheless women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, up a mere 13 cents from 1963.

In New York City, many working women struggle with poverty. What effect has the recession had on women’s equality in the workplace, and what are the repercussions for low-income working women?

These questions will be addressed on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the 2010 Bill Green Forum, Marching in Place: The Great Recession, Low-Income Working Women and Economic Inequality., which will be moderated by Valeria Fernandez, independent reporter for Feet in Two Worlds. Panelists will include:

  • Sue Kelly, former U.S. Representative (R-NY)
  • Page S. Gardner, founder and president, Women’s Voices. Women Vote
  • Irasema Garza, president, Legal Momentum, Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Mark Greenberg, deputy assistant secretary for Policy, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Maggie Sepulvida, Carpenter Local 608/Teacher, Nontraditional Employment for Women

This event will be held in the Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, and the admission is free, but an RSVP is required by calling 212.229.5418 or emailing

The Bill Green Forum memorializes the late Honorable Bill Green (1929-2002), who represented the East Side of Manhattan in Congress from 1978-1992. Bill Green was an independent thinker who frequently crossed the aisle to collaborate on critical issues such as the environment, urban policy, and affordable housing. He served as a trustee of The New School and a board member of Milano.

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