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Bostock, Brickfield rebuff equal pay for women proclamation



The Pinellas County Commission routinely issues proclamations for a mass of topics, but not when it came to equal pay for women Tuesday.

Commissioners Nancy Bostock and Neil Brickfield refused to sign the proclamation naming Tuesday as Equal Pay for Women Day, actually leaving their names off the document (see the unsigned copy here). That has ticked off Margaret Hyde, who represents the American Association of University Women in Clearwater. She blasted the two Republicans in a letter Wednesday.

Brickfield and Bostock gave a "slap in the face of every woman in Pinellas County."

Women, on average, earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. April 20 represents the day each year where a woman's earnings catch up to the earnings paid a man the year before. Related Times editorial is here.

The full letter is below.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

Subject: April 20th Pay Equity Day
First of all, I would like to thank Diane Steinle for the wonderful editorial on Sunday, April 18th.  Diane Steinle reminded all of us how long women have worked to obtain equal pay with men.  It has taken us 40 years to reach 77 cents for every dollar for the man.
The first bill signed by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January 2009.  Now, we need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act which the House has already passed, but for some reason, the Senate is dragging their feet.
An intelligent person, an educated person would have to agree that equal pay for equal work is a given.  Yet, I watched as two elected county officials refused to sign the Proclamation for Equal Pay Day.  It was signed by the other five members of the County Commission because they believe in equal pay.  However, Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock have been elected by the citizens of Pinellas County and should believe in equality for all.  Yet, they refused to sign the Proclamation.  What a slap in the face of every woman in Pinellas County to have this done to them.
Women in Pinellas County need to remember this at election time.
Margaret Hyde, Clearwater, Florida


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