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ALLENTOWN, PA (April 15, 2009)-The Cedar Crest College Women's Leadership Series continues on Tuesday, April 21-National Equal Pay Day-with a program examining pay inequality for women. In 2005, the typical woman in the United States who worked fulltime, year-round earned only 77 percent as much as the typical man, according to a study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

The program, which is slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Harmon Hall, will include a panel of three women very much attuned to the issue of unequal compensation for female workers.

 Pamela Varkony is president of Power of Women, an all-volunteer organization based in Allentown dedicated to providing opportunities for women to reach their goals and their potential through networking, mentoring, and education. She recently launched an internet radio show called, "Power of Women," which addresses issues impacting women at work.

Marna Hayden is founder and president of Hayden Resources, Inc., in Nazareth. Hayden has more than three decades of human resources management experience, and her company specializes in providing human resources services for small businesses. She has taught at several area colleges and universities, and her expertise has been quoted in such publications as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Kiki Peppard is a mother of two and a lobbyist who has been fighting unsuccessfully for more than a decade to get a bill passed in Pennsylvania prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their marital or familial status, citing it as a discriminatory practice.

The program is free and open to the public. For information call 610-606-4603.

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Last Updated: 4/15/09