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Professional Women's Forum

Research shows the more education a woman has, the greater the disparity in her wages.

But, professional women in our area say they're learning how to have it all.

But, Tallahassee resident and local businesswoman Heidi Otway admits, that while women have come a long way in regards to equality

A report from Jobs Profile says women account for 46 percent of the U.S. labor force, but make only 77.5 cents for every dollar that men earn.

It also says women earned less than men in 99 percent of all occupations.

Cindy Phipps say she's been fortunate to have her spot as board director for a local company, but says she sees the disparity first hand.

Phipps said, "I have friends in my close circle. They are overworked and underpaid, especially compared to the men who are in their same position. I just beat myself on the head trying to figure out, trying to counsel her how to get what she deserves."

Otway says it's events like the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce's Professional Women's Forum that makes a difference.

More than 200 women attended Tuesday to discuss practical ways to balance career, family, and health.

Otway said, "There are a lot of women in this room who have served as my role model. These women have helped me become the woman that I am. I really am grateful for these forums."

These women say with this empowerment, comes a bigger change for the future.

Community leaders also used Tuesday's event to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


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