April is an important month for women. On April 12 we’ll recognize Equal Pay Day and then on April 29, we’ll celebrate the amazing women in Sheridan County with the FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference.
Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s from the previous year. It is a way for organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the pay gap that exists in our country. In 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Wyoming’s women made just 69 percent of what men did. Nationwide, that number was 79 percent. Our state had the third largest gap, just behind Utah (67 percent) and Louisiana (65 percent). So much for the Equality State.
In an effort to raise awareness about the wage gap, the members and volunteers associated with the American Association of University Women will host a bake sale in Sheridan. They’ll have one set up in the Thorne-Rider Campus Center at Sheridan College, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery downtown and will also canvas Main Street with baked goods.
The best part?
Men will pay $1 per item. Women pay $0.69.
Next up, we’ll celebrate women’s amazing contributions to our community at FAB. The conference begins at noon on April 29 (11:30 a.m. registration) and will feature an entire day of education, empowerment, networking and fun.
We have a full list of speakers and we’re only a few weeks away from the big event. I can’t wait!
This event has been a project of mine. We started in the fall of 2013. Since then, a snowstorm and distractions encouraged us to move the event to the spring.
Last year we were blessed with beautiful weather, another amazing group of speakers and an even more impressive group of attendees.
We celebrate. We scheme about ways we can make our community even better. We learn. We connect. It is just a fantastic day.
Attendees leave the conference all fired up. This is in no small part due to the amazing stories of those nominated for Woman of the Year. They do so much and receive so little recognition. I can hardly wait to give them all a dose of kudos April 29.
If you have questions about the conference, or want to attend, check out the FAB website, www.thesheridanpress.com/fab. Or, call me. I’m always happy to talk about what we have in store!