Gender Wage Gap Panel Discussion at SCF Venice to Advocate for Fair and Equitable Wages

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 19, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a gender wage gap panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in Building 300, Room 307 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. Panelists will address issues related to wage differences between men and women working the same jobs and ways to narrow the gap and empower women.

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time U.S. workers, women earned 83 percent compared to their male counterparts in the same job. Based on this estimate, it took an extra 44 days of work for women to earn what men did that year.

Panel members will include:

  • Stephanie Deiter, director of human resources, SKY Family YMCA.
  • Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, counsel at Williams Parker law firm and a Florida Bar Board certified specialist in labor and employment law.
  • Christine R. Sensenig, labor and employment partner at Hultman, Sensenig & Joshi law firm.
  • Kristen Zaborski, assistant professor of economics at SCF and 2015 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award winner.

Deiter will help define the gender wage gap problem and discuss various causes such as traditional female roles, child care and education segregation. Fowles-Hermes will highlight existing and proposed legislation dealing with pay, benefits and discrimination. Sensenig will spotlight major legal cases attempting to address the issue and Zaborski will present relevant data and suggestions on how to support and encourage solutions.

“We’re pleased to have assembled a panel of local labor and employment law experts to discuss this important and timely issue,” said Nicolette Mason, speech communications professor and Diversity and Multicultural Awareness Committee member at SCF. “While the gender wage gap has been slowly decreasing over time, it’s an issue that continues to adversely impact women in the U.S. labor market. Being better informed will help both men and women advocate for fair and equitable wages.”

The panel discussion, sponsored by SCF’s Diversity and Multicultural Awareness Committee, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mason at 941-408-1477 or email For directions to SCF Venice, visit

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