Telling passers-by on Ashland's Plaza this morning that women still make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men, members of a local women's organization urged support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which they say is stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Telling passers-by on Ashland's Plaza that women still make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men, members of a local women's organization urged support this morning for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which they say is stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Members of the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women offered home-baked oatmeal cookies with a bite missing and information about the act, Senate Bill 182, as part of observance of Equal Pay Day today.

Despite long discussion about equal pay for equal work, women must work almost 16 months to equal what a man makes in a year, said Cheryl Goldman of the Ashland AAUW. An analysis by the organization estimates that women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

The women seek to educate the public that females are offered less money to start, earn still less 10 years later, don't know how to negotiate pay as well as men and, in retirement have smaller pensions and Social Security to live on.

Goldman said employers practice many dodges, including "occupational segregation," which means keeping females in a small number of traditionally female tasks, such as child care and nursing homes.

— John Darling, for the Mail Tribune