JOONDALUP Business and Professional Women Association (BPWA) will celebrate women in sport at its Equal Pay Day event in Currambine next Tuesday.
Joondalup BPWA president Sandra Cooke said Equal Pay Day encouraged people to focus on the causes of the gender pay gap and what could change, with this year’s campaign looking at women in sport.
Ms Cooke said the date marked the period of extra days in the current year that women needed to work to achieve the same wages that men earned during the previous financial year.
She said for every 12 months that men work, women may have to work about 60 days extra.
The association will hold a dinner at Currambine Bar and Bistro’s function centre on September 19, with Melissa Marsh as keynote speaker.
The retired Women’s National Basketball League player will share her journey as a female athlete, member of a well-known WA sporting family that includes cricketers Geoff, Shaun and Mitch Marsh and owner of Mel Marsh Sports Promotions.
Marsh played in the WNBL for 14 years, including more than 260 games with the West Coast Waves.
There will also be a panel with footballers Pia Faletti, Mikella Johnson and Makur Chuot, plus softballer Nicola Hames.
The event will start about 6pm and tickets cost $40 for members or $45 for guests, with a main meal and drink included.
Attendees can wear something to promote their favourite sport or team.