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For his piece on resolving the gender pay gap, Evanston Township High School student essayist Vincent Holm-Drumgole has won this year’s Equal Pay Day competition and was honored recently at an event in downtown Chicago. Speakers included Governor Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Equal Pay Day is an annual event begun in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity. It is intended to raise awareness that a woman earns on average just 77% of the pay accorded to a man for the same work.
The ETHS sophomore, whose winning essay was read aloud as part of the commemoration, wrote that a solution to the gender pay gap must involve a multi-step approach, which would include education to begin in high school about the problem and its likely causes. Vincent noted that awareness of the problem is critical to beginning a dialogue that will ultimately eliminate the gap.