EUGENE, Ore. — On Tuesday, state and city leaders are gathering to address issues regarding the status of women in Oregon. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will be present at the Eugene Hilton, as will other notable state and local officials.
Statistics show women still face inequalities when compared with men. Experts have found more women have college degrees, yet still earn about 25% less than their male counterparts. Women also make up the majority of single parent households and are more likely than men to live in poverty. Additionally, women and girls account for 85% of human trafficking victims.
The forum is being organized by the Zonta Club of Eugene-Springfield and club representative Liz Ness says these are issues that must be addressed.
“We just want to talk about whether we’re making progress on the front as far as women go, how much more there is to do, what can we do to help,” says Ness.
Wyden is leading a bipartisan bill to address domestic and child sex trafficking. The bill is currently in the Senate Finance Committee, but Wyden’s office hopes to get it to the Senate floor this congress.
Other leaders will be present alongside Wyden, including Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, State Rep. Val Hoyle, and U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. The event starts at noon.