Gender Wage Equality Forum in Eugene, OR

Event Announcement:


The Zonta Club of Eugene-Springfield is holding their annual community Forum in honor of International Women’s Day—March 8, 2016.  As a member of this club (and the larger organization Zonta International), I wanted to let friends, fans, and community members know of this upcoming event.

The 2016 Forum is A Panel on Gender Wage Equality held on March 8, at the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Eugene, OR from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Forum panel speakers are:

  • Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software
  • Kim Thompson, Workforce Analyst with Oregon Employment Department, and
  • Kate Parker, professional trainer with Effective Communication Consultants.

A buffet luncheon will be served.  Cost is $25.00 per person OR $200.00 for a table sponsorship (eight seats with lunch, table signage, and program mention.)

Below is a pdf with the registration particulars and contact information. I’ve also included below that selected articles that address the topic of gender wage equality. I hope to see you at the Forum!

Articles about gender wage equality issues

Katie Roiphe. Photograph: Caroll Taveras for the Guardian.
Katie Roiphe. Photograph: Caroll Taveras for the Guardian.

The Guardian has recently been running a number of articles on this very topic. University professor and author Katie Roiphe shares a poignant and all-too-familiar story in “Why am I being paid less than my male colleagues?”

She shares her struggles, second-guessing herself, and her determination to succeed in asking for and receiving equal pay.  It’s a great read.



Female-Male wage inequalityWritten as a quasi-advice column piece, (and perhaps also jabbing at this stereotypical media format for addressing women), Harriet Minter takes a realistic (and thus, somewhat bitter) look at “tips” women need to negotiate for more equitable wages in “Equal pay day: a woman’s guide to getting a pay rise.”

1351880853_money-tree-2And finally, for this post, author Ines Wichert’s piece on “What does success look like for women today?” wherein she offers research on this topic as well as take-aways from an IBM forum and a Professional Women’s Network forum.  Fascinating information on a really important and timely topic!

What do you think about this?  What are your experiences?  I’d love to hear from you!