Equal Pay Today! is going to the Women's March Convention in Detroit, MI October 27 - 29, 2017! Our panel entitled "I am Anita. I am Betty. I am Lilly. I am Aileen. I am Revolutionizing the Workplace for Women" will provide a retrospective on the brave women whose advocacy helped positively shape the American workplace for women and the women whose advocacy is currently shaping the workplace. The panel will also explore the good business practices and government policies to fight for. If you are attending the convention, join us on Friday, October 27 at 3:45 pm at the Cobo Center.
Friends of Equal Pay Today! --
Thank you to everyone who attended or expressed interest in attending our private reception for Equal Pay Today and conversation on workplace equality for women in the Trump Era in Washington, DC! Special thanks to Audrey Sheppard and her colleague Allison Ivie for hosting us at Audrey's home. And a personal thanks to founding board members Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of the National Women's Law Center, and Lenora Lapidus, Director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and our fundraising consultant, Alyssa Wright of Alyssa F. Wright Consulting. Thanks also to our volunteers. See our photos below.
Those in the room know that we spoke about the challenges of the wage gap for women of all income levels, professions, races and ethnicities and the threats to women's economic security posed by the current Administration. We also spoke about the opportunities for wins at the state level that, if leveraged, could result in additional state and ultimately federal wins that would benefit all women. The events of the last seven days alone illustrate perfectly this juxtaposition of challenge and opportunity.
Last Friday, President Trump threatened access to birth control coverage for working women, which would only widen the wage gap. Oh, but joy cometh in the morning! Yesterday, California's Governor signed into law a suite of women's economic security measures, including limits on the use of prior salary and protections for paid parental leave. Who was the leader of the California effort? Equal Rights Advocates, Equal Pay Today's organizational board chair. How are they going to coordinate and network with women's rights advocates nationwide to leverage their wins into wins in other states and at the federal level? Equal Pay Today! And this is just one example of the possibilities that lie in our nationwide campaign to close the gender wage gap.
If you think we are worthy of your investment, then we need your support at any level. Support us at http://www.equalpaytoday.org/support-us/. Small amounts of $100 - $500 will help us bring Aileen Rizo to this month's Women's March Convention, where we have organized an outstanding panel on the fight for gender equity in the workplace. See the promotional graphic below. Large amounts of $10,000 or more will help us fund one of our six state projects.
If you think we are worthy of your time, then we need your engagement. Learn of ways to engage with us at www.equalpaytoday.org, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@EqualPay2DayOrg) and like us on Facebook. Shamefully, Latina Equal Pay Day, the last equal pay day of the year, is on November 2, which means a Latina must work more than 22 months to earn what a White, non-Hispanic man earns in 12 months.
And if you need to hear more, contact me, Joi Chaney at email@example.com. I could talk about Equal Pay Today all day.
Lunch Briefing | "We Persist: Legal and Policy Strategies for Equal Pay & Women's Economic Security in the United States"
Equal pay for women has never been more popular than it is today. Yet, nearly 55 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act and nearly a decade after the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, never has achieving actual pay equity seemed more out of reach. Equal Pay Today! -- an innovative collaboration of women’s and workers’ rights organizations working at the state, regional, and national level -- is seeking to make equal pay for women a reality by building a groundswell of state and local wins over the next two years that will build toward federal wins that women and families can feel. On Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 - 2:00 pm, strategic philanthropists are invited to a briefing and conversation with two of Equal Pay Today!'s New York State leaders -- Lenora Lapidus, Director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and Dina Bakst, Executive Director of A Better Balance -- on legal and policy strategies for closing the gender wage gap and ensuring women's economic security in the United States. A light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP by May 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org and to receive the location.