The state president of AAUW, Theresa Leiphon, from Devils Lake, with local co-presidents Luann Stromme and Laurel Goulding visited with the Devils Lake City Commission at the Monday, April 1 meeting about Equal Pay for Equal Work.

The state president of AAUW, Theresa Leiphon, from Devils Lake, with local co-presidents Luann Stromme and Laurel Goulding visited with the Devils Lake City Commission at the Monday, April 1 meeting about Equal Pay for Equal Work.

Speaking to the commission, Leiphon stated that the gender gap continues in 2019 with women earning approximately 80 percent what a man earns for the same work. In North Dakota she said it’s closer to 79 percent. April 2 was designated as Equal Pay Day because that’s how much longer a woman has to work to make what a man makes for the same job, same work - over three months! If you are a woman of color, the gap is considerably wider. At their request Mayor Johnson signed a proclamation that acknowledged the concern about pay inequity as discrimination.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed a similar proclamation for the entire state of North Dakota. According to AAUW, the hope is that one day pay equity would be the reality for all.

“AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.”

AAUW has been active in North Dakota for 100 years.