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Governor's Equal Pay Summit to be held on Montana Tech Campus


February 25, 2015

The Governor’s second Equal Pay Summit will convene in Butte April 10-11, 2015 at Montana Tech. “Smart Girls” co-founder Meredith Walker will keynote the event. Montana women leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), women entrepreneurs, and Governor Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and Lt. Governor Angela McLean will also speak. Founded by actor and writer Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Smart Girls is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. With the motto “Change the World by Being Yourself,” Smart Girls encourages girls to volunteer, be themselves, and be more curious about the world they live in.

“The 2014 Equal Pay Summit was a huge success, but we have a lot of work to do for Montana women and girls,” said Bullock. “At this year’s summit, we’re bringing entrepreneurs, scientists, community leaders, and students together to close Montana’s wage gap by promoting leadership and career opportunities for Montana women.”

“Montana Tech is honored to host and cosponsor Governor Bullock’s second Equal Pay Summit,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We’re proud of the role that Montana Tech has played in launching the careers some of the most talented scientists and engineers—women and men alike—in the country. This is a great chance to elevate the issue of women in leadership and pay equity so that all Montanans have every opportunity open to them.” “Women graduating from college and starting their careers shouldn’t have to worry that they’ll get paid fairly for their hard work and expertise,” said Montana Tech Student Body Vice President Julia Bryant. “Pay equity is a top priority for students, and we are thrilled to host this year’s summit.”

Participation at the Equal Pay Summit is free and open to the public. 

To register for the summit or find information about the Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, please visit: www.equalpay.mt.gov. More information about Meredith Walker and Smart Girls can be found at www.amysmartgirls.com