IUPUI Women Fighting for Equal Pay Rights

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For the first time, IUPUI is teaming up with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Career Services Council Women’s Workgroup on Wednesday, March 31, to host two workshops and two panels about equal pay day virtually. Any IU campus student or faculty can attend this event.

         Equal pay day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap between men and women. This is a symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap between men and women. The website AAUM.com has a list of which race of women gets paid versus white men.

         Allie Medellin is a MSW and an assistant Director of employer and career services. Medellin is one of the members that work for the career services council women’s workgroup that will be hosting the workshops and panels.

“Two events are salary negotiation workshops. Both are the same, one in the morning and one in the afternoon just to try to cover people's availability,” Medellin said..

The session in the morning starts at 9:00 a.m. EDT – 10:00 a.m. EDT, while the afternoon session starts 2:30 p.m. EDT – 3:30 p.m. EDT.

“There are two panels. One of them is a panel of women who are in careers that are dominated by men and then the other panel is a panel of women who work in higher education and have leadership positions here at IUPUI.” Mendellin said.

The women in careers dominated by men panel starts in the afternoon between 12:00 p.m. EDT- 1:00 p.m. EDT and women in the higher education panel starts at 4:00 p.m. EDT – 5:00 p.m. EDT.

         The Career Services Council Women’s Workgroup every year asks graduating students from IUPUI to complete a survey called the first destination survey. The questions focus on people’s plans after graduation.

         Medellin explains what the survey questions are and the purpose of it. The questions focus on salary and any negotiation that a graduate student may have or may have not done. 

“We found not a ton of IUPUI graduates are negotiating for their salary and unsurprisingly more men are negotiating then women. This inspired us to take some action and put together some more resources to help our female students better equip themselves to negotiate their salary because most of them don’t.”

         There is a lack of support of people that supports women getting paid equally as men. 

“People in positions of power need to listen to women and then take those actions rather than a CEO saying I support women rights but what are you doing in your hiring practices to show that you actually care. It’s like do your actions match your words and a lot of times that’s not the case,” Medellin said. “Saying I stand with women rights but what are you doing about it, and I think that’s when the issue comes in.”


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