You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities? And what, exactly, does gender bias have to do with paychecks?

The pay gap is one of the most pressing issues for women today.

Join Professional Women of McLean County and the YWCA of McLean County as we openly discuss the complex and often misunderstood gender pay gap. Each of the panelists will speak to their own expertise including the various movements surrounding equal pay, society’s understanding of the topic, the advocacy taking place right now and the different days of recognition.

Join PWMC on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 for this important discussion.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Eastland Room (enter the hotel lobby and proceed upstairs to the 2nd floor)
1801 Eastland Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704

Kindly register below at least 1 day in advance so that we can plan for enough seats and lunch. Please note our change of meeting location to the Eastland Room at Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center. Enter through the main hotel entrance and proceed up the stairs to the 2nd floor. We will have board members helping to direct traffic! We apologize for this inconvenience.

About the Panelists

Kyle E. Ciani is Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University, and a Core Faculty Member in their Women’s & Gender Studies Program. This academic year she is the Program’s Acting Director. Ciani’s research, teaching and service interests revolve around the histories of wage earning and social justice in the Americas with a particular focus on how women workers have navigated the complications of labor in 20th century trans-border communities. Her book, Choosing to Care: One Hundred Years of Child Care and Social Reform in San Diego, 1850-1950, will be available soon through the University of Nebraska Press. Ciani earned her Ph.D. in the history of women and gender from Michigan State University, and M.A. and B.A. degrees in History from the University of San Diego. Ciani is involved with efforts by museum professionals to diversify exhibition spaces, such as through the National Women’s History Museum, to provide more realistic visions of historical movements. In the local community, she is a member of the League of Women Voters, involved with advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and regularly volunteers for sites connected to food justice such as the summer’s Veggie Oasis through the Bloomington Farmer’s Market. Her scholarly focus derives from her former position as Associate Director of the Child Abuse Foundation of San Diego County when she learned how the limitations of funding and policymaking deeply influence familial issues. Her hope is to help enlighten others to the long-term effects of such familial concerns and to create possibilities for implementing changes that support women and their families.

Rachel Hatch, CCP, is the Assistant Director of Media Relations at Illinois State University. She works closely with the campus administration to craft messages, and employs her writing and editing skills to promote the work and achievements of faculty, staff, and students. Joining AWC in 2000, Rachel shares a deep belief in the empowerment of women inside and outside of the workplace. Her favorite phrase is “There is no such thing as the work-life balance. There is only life. To deny that is to make yourself sea sick on a see-saw of society’s making.” Rachel is also currently active in Leadership Illinois, an organization that promotes realizing leadership potential in women across the state. She holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in American history from Western Illinois University. She received her Certified Communications Professional designation from The Matrix Foundation in 2016.

Liz German has been vice president of operations at YWCA McLean County since 2015. Staring at YWCA in 2007, she was site coordinator for the before- and after-school program. Liz was promoted to assistant program director for early learning, where she successfully led staff through The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) reaccreditation process. In 2011, Liz was named the school-age director, overseeing five youth development sites and staff. She then became senior director of young wonders, which oversees both early learning and youth development programs at YWCA.

 Liz has led staff through leadership and program changes, as well as successfully through the Illinois state budget stalemate. With a passion for children and non-profit work, YWCA is the perfect fit for Liz.

 Liz has her bachelor’s from Illinois State University (ISU) in Politics and Government and Economics and while at ISU received the Provost Scholarship and was a member of the Honors Program. She also holds a teaching certification in early childhood education.  In 2018 she was honored as one of the 20 under 40 through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

Becky Mentzer is a private practice career counselor and professional development trainer. She recently worked part-time for Illinois Wesleyan University Hart Career Center for three semesters after also having worked there from 1998-2002. She retired in 2014 from Illinois State University where she served as the Honors Program Associate Director. She earned a BS and MS in Psychology from ISU and holds a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor designation. Becky enjoys every aspect of career counseling and is working on a program with Soroptimist and Boys & Girls Club to do some career exploration programming with middle school girls.

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