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YWCA event recognizes Equal Pay Day

Kristin Diaz speaks to crowd
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Kristin Diaz, an anchor at KIII-TV, emceed the YWCA luncheon on Equal Pay Day at Dos Comales Mexican Restaurant Tuesday.

"Hours after President Barack Obama designated a national monument in honor of the women's equality movement, a room full of women gathered downtown to hear about the ongoing fight for equal pay for women and men.

"This is not a women's issue. This is a human rights issue," Barbara Canales, Port commissioner and panelist at The YWCA of Corpus Christi's Equal Pay Day luncheon, said. "The national average shows that for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 79 cents. It's not right. We're dying for a unifying issue in this country. Why can't this be the one?"

The nonprofit took the national day of recognition as an opportunity to educate women on how to "lean in" in the workplace and not be afraid of being blunt when it comes to pay raises."

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