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Former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy to Speak on Wage Disparities, April 11 at Simmons College

BOSTON (March 29, 2006) — Evelyn Murphy, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Environmental Affairs, will discuss wage disparities between men and women and how women can overcome them, April 11 at Simmons College.  
Her speech, part of the Simmons College Eileen Friars Leader in Residence program, is from 4:00-6:00 pm, in room C103, Main College Building, at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in Boston.  The event is free and open to the public.

Murphy's presentation is based on her new book, "Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men--And What to Do About It."  It will explore why, more than 40 years after the Civil Rights Act prohibited gender bias in the workplace, women are still earning almost 25 percent less than comparably employed men.  Her research examines multiple lawsuits that provide statistical information proving that wage discrimination is still present.

Murphy is currently a corporate director of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company.  She has a bachelor's degree and PhD in economics from Duke University, and a master's degree from Columbia University. She is the founder and president of The WAGE (Women Are Getting Even) Project, Inc., which strives to close the wag gap within the next 10 years.

Murphy is the 2006 Simmons College Eileen Friars Leader in Residence.  The Simmons College leader in residence program, started in 2001 with a gift from Simmons graduate Eileen Friars, invites senior women executives to the college to address a broad range of business and leadership issues. While on campus, Murphy will meet with students and faculty, give a public lecture, and visits classes.  Following her presentation, there will be a reception and book signing. For more details, contact Melissa Kelly at (617) 521-2091 or

Simmons College ( is a nationally recognized private university in Boston with about 5,000 students.  It includes an undergraduate college for women and graduate programs for women and men in social work, health studies, library and information science, management, and liberal arts.