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Women urged to speak up for themselves.



Byline: Paula J. Owen

FITCHBURG - The wage gap between women and men, about 60 percent, is wider than many think, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

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 Montachusett Opportunity Council Executive Director Kathleen J. McDermott, emphasizing that despite the progress women have realized, there is still a long way to go.

The wage gap was one of several topics panelists delved into during a forum last week on "Race, Women and Women of Color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

See also: Color
" in Percival Hall at Fitchburg State College. The hall was filled with women of different cultural backgrounds and ages, and scattered Scattered

Used for listed equity securities. Unconcentrated buy or sell interest.
 with a handful of men. Panelists spoke about poverty, intimate partner abuse and violence, education, advocacy and philanthropy philanthropy, the spirit of active goodwill toward others as demonstrated in efforts to promote their welfare. The term is often used interchangeably with charity. .

Mrs. McDermott said the state Commission on the Status of Women Noun 1. Commission on the Status of Women - the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with the status of women in different societies  collected data on the difference in pay for men and women and found that 10 percent of women fall below the state's poverty guidelines: $17,600 or less for a family of three and $21,200 for a family of four. In households headed by women, one in five lives in poverty across the state, and that increases to one in four in Worcester County Worcester County is the name of several counties in the United States of America:
  • Worcester County, Maryland
  • Worcester County, Massachusetts
, she said.

"Children are affected by theses numbers dramatically," she said. "In Fitchburg, 51.8 percent of children who live in single-parent households live in poverty."

How these numbers translate into pay inequality was looked at by the commission's council in Worcester, she said.

According to 2006 statistics for Worcester County, a woman graduating from high school will make $700,000 less in her lifetime than a man with a high school education, Mrs. McDermott said. If both are college-educated, the woman will make $1.2 million less than a man.

"Education helps, but it doesn't really diminish that wage gap," she said, adding that the gap also increases with age and race.

The reasons, she said, include the prevalence of women in helping professions that pay less; "glass ceilings" and gender discrimination, which have diminished but still exist; the way jobs are valued and devalued de·val·ue   also de·val·u·ate
v. de·val·ued also de·valu·at·ed, de·val·u·ing also de·val·u·at·ing, de·val·ues also de·val·u·ates

v.tr.
1. To lessen or cancel the value of.
; women being the primary caretakers; and the historical and current process of holding onto assets.

"Women must advocate for equal pay for work of equal value," she said.

It is crucial for women to advocate for themselves in the workplace, she said, and women must mentor young women, instill in·still
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instil·lation n.
 confidence in them and encourage them to advocate for themselves.

In addition, child care, health care and housing must be made more affordable, she said.

Panelist Seema Williams, president of Black Tyz Entertainment in Lunenburg, knows firsthand first·hand  
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Received from the original source: firsthand information.



first
 about those issues. She said she came from a large family with five girls and three boys. When her family moved to Fitchburg when she was 14, she said, they were not allowed to rent just one apartment because of the number of children; they were forced to rent two.

"We had to make a decision: Do we go to school, or do we go to work?" she said.

Ms. Williams went to school and told a teacher she wanted to work, but was told she was too young and had to get a work permit. She said that was when she felt discriminated against for the first time - not because she is a Latina, but because of her age.

"I came here from a country where family is everything," she said. "All I kept thinking was, `Why can't I be older?' so I could help my family more. That is when I decided to help young women that are 14 to get a job if they need to."

Ms. Williams said her childhood taught her she needed to be strong in this country and rely on herself, but also taught her that education needs to be the No. 1 priority. She said that when parents are busy working, young women are often left behind without enough knowledge or basic life skills.

Panelist Lysa Mosca, a survivor of domestic violence, said the potential for such abuse

is held together by culture and community. If people in the community are aware of abuse - family, neighbors, co-workers, the schools, churches, doctor's offices and people in the legal system - they can

limit it. Or, by their silence, they can enable the abuse, she said, and it continues and is passed on to other members of the family.

Poverty is also a factor.

"Continued economic dependence perpetuates the cycle," she said. "And through learned helplessness learned helplessness

In psychology, a mental state in which a laboratory subject forced to bear aversive stimuli becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent applications, even if they are “escapable,” presumably through having learned that situational
, women are unwitting accomplices to their own abuse."

Domestic abuse is also prevalent when women further their careers and become more independent, she said, causing the men in their lives to feel threatened by a loss of control and dominance, especially when they are not as successful and turn to abuse to regain control.

The moderator for the event, Sibyl sibyl (sĭb`ĭl), in classical mythology and religion, prophetess. There were said to be as many as 10 sibyls, variously located and represented. The most famous was the Cumaean sibyl, described by Vergil in the Aeneid.  M. Brownlee, vice president of student affairs Student affairs staff are responsible for academic advising and support services delivery at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The chief student affairs officer at a college or university often reports directly to the chief executive of the institution.  at Worcester State College
For other "Worcester Colleges," see Worcester College (disambiguation).
Worcester State College is a public, 4-year college founded in 1874 as Worcester Normal School in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts.
, asked women to take what was said at the forum and put it into action by mentoring one on one with women at church or at school.

Renae Gray, a Cambridge activist and former executive director of the Boston's Women Fund, encouraged the audience to become philanthropistsnot just through monetary donations, but also by helping people in their community, donating time and talents such as poetry or dance - things that make people feel good and give them hope. She also counted as philanthropy the small donations people send to relatives in other countries to purchase clean water or buy food or other necessary items.

The forum was sponsored by Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett This article is about the geological mountain. For information regarding the ski area, see Wachusett Mountain.
Mount Wachusett is located in the towns of Princeton and Westminster in Worcester County of Massachusetts.
 Community College's Center for Democracy and Humanity, and the North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition.
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