Equal Pay Day

Crystal R. Albers/Torrington Telegram Casey DeBus, library director at Eastern Wyoming College, left, purchases a bag of treats from AAUW co-president Janet Bass during the group’s cookie sale Tuesday to bring awareness to the gender pay gap in Wyoming and the U.S.

TORRINGTON – Cookies of all kinds – sugar, peanut butter, diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, and more – satisfied residents’ sweet tooths and brought attention to the gender pay gap difference in Torrington this week.

The American Association of University Women Torrington/Wheatland branch held its third annual cookie sale at Eastern Wyoming College and Pinnacle Bank in recognition of Equal Pay Day, April 2. Men were charged approximately 23 percent more than women for a bag of cookies, to illustrate that, in Wyoming, women receive 23 percent (23 cents) less on every dollar earned by men.

“We’d like people to contact their legislators and ask them to vote for equal pay; create local awareness; and raise money for scholarships,” AAUW Torrington/Wheatland branch co-president Janet Bass said.

The sales netted the group $269 as of Tuesday afternoon, which will go toward scholarships. To apply for the 2019/2020 AAUW Torrington/Wheatland scholarship, interested students should contact the EWC Financial Aid office. Scholarships are awarded to students entering any regionally accredited college preferably, but not limited to, University of Wyoming, EWC, and Western Nebraska Community College, according to a press release.

“We were pleased with our efforts,” Bass said of this year’s event.

AAUW Torrington/Wheatland branch currently has 14 members. The organization’s purpose is to advance equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW in Wyoming was organized in 1938.

The next scheduled AAUW Torrington/Wheatland branch meeting is at Deacons in Torrington, Friday, May 22 at 11:45 a.m., during which the state president is expected to make an appearance.

For more information, contact Madelon Daniels at [email protected], (307) 534-5586, or Bass at [email protected], phone: (307) 532-3944.

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