CLASSIC COUPLE Sportswriter Spencer Tracey and international correspondent Katharine Hepburn try to make it work in 1942's ‘Woman of the Year,’ screening March 14 as part of an AAUW panel on pay equity. (Photo courtesy of Turner Classic Movies)

What is the proper role for a woman in the workplace? Is employment equity possible? Women are still paid 82 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to the latest “women in the workforce” study from the Government Accountability Office. Why? 

These are still vital questions, even as they were in 1942, when Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn starred in Woman of the Year. The film is a rom-com, with Hepburn an international affairs correspondent, and Tracy a sports writer. Their attempts to form the “perfect marriage” turn out to be not so.

It was during the filming of Woman of the Year that Hepburn and Tracy became romantically involved—a relationship that lasted until Tracy’s death in 1967. 

The movie will show at 6pm on Tuesday, March 14, at the Studio at the Plaza, a new downtown film venue at 375 Healdsburg Ave. It will be the first such program in the Studio, a foretaste of the eventual Palace Cinema four-plex expected to open nearby sometime in 2023. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion to include Ariel Kelley, mayor of Healdsburg; Denia Candela, equity officer for the Sonoma County Health Department; and Erica Gutierrez of Corazon Healdsburg. They will discuss the gender pay gap and how it affects women in the Healdsburg community, and ask what will help women achieve equity in employment.

The event is presented by Healdsburg AAUW. Tickets are $20, and admission includes wine and popcorn.

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