Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, May 16th 5:30 New Brighton Library
Officers for 2018- 2019
Co-Presidents: Mary Jane Ryan.& Pam Powers
Program VP: Jill Marsilio-Colonna & Deb Mangelli
Membership VP: Sharon Nerone
Secretary: Dorothy Holtzman & Nancy Cole
Financial Officer: Nancy Mahosky
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for program year 2018-2020
Beaver County women earn 67 percent of men’s salary, on average
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
That’s the percent of the average pay for a male registered nurse that a female registered nurse makes in a given week. That’s the most common occupation for a woman, according to census data.
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the day that signi- fies how far into the year the average woman has to work to make the same earnings as the average man.
The numbers vary depending on what data is used — and what indi- vidual occupation is being discussed. But nation- wide, women earn about 80 cents for every dollar a man does in a full- time job. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that number was 67 in Beaver County and 61 in Lawrence County in 2016, the most recent year county-level data is available for.
It’s an improvement over previous years, where the median salary for a woman was 66 cents for every dollar a man earned. The county is moving in the right direc- tion, said Jack Manning, executive director of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.
“Beaver County has some great things that are trying to enable people, especially
women, to earn a higher amount,” Manning said. “We are moving in the right direction. We’re breaking down those old stereotypes.”
Manning points to the Bridges and Pathways partnerships that the Community College of Beaver County have established that enable students to transfer cred- its earned at the college toward four-year degrees at other universities as one of several programs that are helping close the wage gap in the county.
Sociologists attribute the wage gap to several issues, including women leaving the workplace for a time period when they have children and women pursuing lower- paying jobs. Manning said he believes the answer to the latter comes from encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, tech- nology, engineering and mathematics.
“Ithinkwehavetodoa better job of setting aspi- rational goals for young girls to be the same as young boys,” Manning said. “There’s a gender bias that I’ve seen across my lifetime.”
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, women are eight times more likely than men to work in an occupation with
poverty-level wages. More than 4.2 million women work in a job that pays less than $25,100, the poverty line for a family of four, compared to a half million men, analysts said.
“From the bottom to the top of the labor market, women across the board earn less than men in almost every job,” Ariane Hegewisch, program director for employment and earn- ings at the institute said in a statement. “Even when they do work in high paying occupations, women earn significantly less than men. Each week, women financial advisors make $683 less than their male colleagues. Imagine what the economy would look like if women were compensated equally for their work.”
In advance of Equal Pay day, the institute released an analysis of median weekly pay, by gender, for the top 20 occupa- tions for women. All 20 fields saw the median pay for women lower than for men. Female bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks had a median salary that was 96.4 percent of their male counterparts at $716, the closest to equal salary. Female financial manag- ers saw the lowest ratio, with a median salary of $1,222, of 71.1 percent of what their male counter- parts earned.
AAUW BEAVER VALLEY BRANCH “All about us”
The Beaver Valley Branch is gearing up for another exciting year! Our 16th Annual Kitchen Tour, “Touring and Tasting Delights,” will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Patrons tour fabulous kitchens and taste some excellent cuisine from our local chefs in homes in the Beaver/Brighton Twp. areas. Tickets to this event are $15, and each member is expected to sell or purchase at least two. This event, our only fundraiser, raises over $10,000 for scholarships and for our mission based programs . With the money raised, we award three $1500 traditional scholarships to graduating female high school seniors and two $1500 nontraditional scholarships to women who have decided to return to or continue their college education. Viv Mahli, Education Fund Chair, chairs the kitchen tour, assisted by the KT Leadership Team consisting of members Andrea Challis, Rose Homish, Jean Macaluso, Betsey Uslenghi, and Debi Breit-Adams.
We also host a “Marketplace” from 9:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. the day of the tour at Dutch Ridge Elementary School. At the Marketplace, patrons can visit vendors selling a variety of items, enjoy a catered lunch (tickets sold separately in advance), browse our gently used handbag and accessory table, purchase delicious baked goods at the bake sale, and participate in a basket raffle. All bake sale items are provided by our members. Chairs of the Handbag/Accessories Sale, Bake Sale, and Raffle are Kim Litz, Pam Powers, and Jean Macaluso, respectively.
In addition to our Committees, the Beaver Valley Branch has Interest Groups to involve our membership. There are three Literature groups under the leadership of Linda Lobozzo, Beth Buttermore, and Joan Tracy. A Cultural Interest group headed by Susan Brandt affords members the opportunity to attend local theatrical or musical performances. Susan also leads an Investment Group for those interested in learning how the market operates. Norma Kehr leads the Antiques Interest Group and Rae Nancy Zuberbuhler leads the Gardening Interest Group. But by far the most “appetizing” of our Interest Groups is Femmes du Jour chaired by Jean Macaluso. This group meets monthly at different local restaurants for lunch. At the Christmas Femmes luncheon, Jean does an outstanding job at a fun filled holiday celebration for our ladies who choose to attend.
The Beaver Valley Branch Community Committee hosts a Girls’ Recognition Night in partnership with the Beaver County Community College. These eighth grade girls are recognized for their ability in math and/or science. They are recommended by their teacher for this award and are presented with beautiful certificates and a copy of the teacher’s recommendation which is read at the ceremony. All Beaver County Middle Schools are invited to submit their nominees. At our GRN there is a panel of women whose careers involve STEM. This wonderful event, coordinated by Co-Chairs Jodean Brooks and Joann Lecrone, highlights the possibilities these young ladies have. This Community Committee also organizes a local bingo and board game night at local nursing and personal care homes.
To keep us in the know, a monthly mailing prepared by Pam Powers is sent out electronically or mailed hard copy to our members without an e-mail address. Pam does a beautiful job with keeping us informed.
Beaver Valley Branch has a well maintained website: http://beavervalley-pa. aauw.net that keeps our members and community aware of our programs and activities. We also have a Facebook page, AAUW Beaver Valley Branch. Our social media is beautifully handled by Co-Chairs Jackie Heaney and Lea Kretchmar. Please visit and like our page!
AAUW Beaver Valley Branch invites you to join us if you hold an Associate Degree or higher from qualified institutions. RNs also qualify for membership. Our Membership Vice President, Sharon Nerone, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you with your application.
“AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” We are a “powerful advocate and visible leader in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.” AAUW “values and seeks a diverse membership.” There are “no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.”