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Joan Shores

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AAUW
September 29, 2013

American Association of University Women has a mission of advocacy for women's and girls' right. I am especially involved in it's efforts to achieve pay equity for women.

I personally ran up against gender discrimination in pay, in my professional career, when I was employed as department head of Food Service at a large church-owned retirement center. Salaries were supposed to be 'top secret'. But the CEO, with a slip of the tongue, revealed the salary of director of Housekeeping he had just hired. His starting salary was the same as my current one even though I had a record of 10 years there heading up FS. Adding insult to injury, he had no degree. I have a BS in Foods & Nutrition and am a Registered Dietitian. And the CEO did this in our weekly administrative meeting of all directors, so all my peers then knew too. This was so unfair, so degrading, I want to do all I can to make this kind of discrimination illegal so other women won't have to go through this. And AAUW is trying to achieve this legislation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think ;of any changes needed right now. It's a grand group of women to be associated with!

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Definitely

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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General Member of the Public