On May 15 - 16, Equal Pay Today!, a project of the Tides Center hosted an invite-only Spring convening for equal pay policy advocates and litigators in Washington, DC at the law offices of Cohen Milstein Sellers Toll PLLC.
Equal Pay Today! @EqualPay2DayOrg is an innovative collaboration of 20+ women’s and workers’ rights organizations working at the state, regional, and national level to close the gender wage gap and engage diverse constituencies in the fight for equal pay. Our board is chaired by Equal Rights Advocates (CA), under the leadership of Noreen Farrell, and includes A Better Balance (NY), ACLU Women’s Rights Project (NY), Gender Justice (MN), National Women’s Law Center (DC), Southwest Women’s Law Center (NM), and Women’s Law Project (PA).
Equal pay for equal work 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, especially for women of color. Equal Pay Today! seeks to make equal pay for women a reality by building a groundswell of state and local wins in our focus areas over the next two years that will build toward federal wins that women and families can feel.
With the support of Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation, the Spring convening provided a forum to share, coordinate, and develop policy, litigation, and organizing strategies towards combating key contributors to the wage gap, including pay discrimination, lack of pay transparency, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, and occupational segregation.
The program featured remarks from Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Jenny Yang, Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; P. David Lopez, Partner, Outten and Golden, LLP and Former General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Joseph Sellers, Partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers Toll, PLLC and included one or more participants from the following organizations:
A Better Balance @ABetterBalance
Alyssa F. Wright Consulting @WrightAlyssa1
American Association of University Women @AAUWPolicy
American Civil Liberties Union @ACLU
California Women's Law Center @CWLC_la
Center for American Progress @amprog
Cohen Milstein Sellers Toll PLLC @CohenMilstein
Economic Policy Institute @EconomicPolicy
Equal Rights Advocates @EqualRightsAdv
Gender Justice @genderjustice
Institute for Women's Policy Research @IWPResearch
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement @LCLAA
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights @civilrightsorg
Legal Voice @Legal_Voice
Make It Work @MIWCampaign
National Center for Law and Economic Justice @NCLEJustice
National Employment Law Project @NelpNews
National Partnership for Women & Families @NPWF
National Women's Law Center @nwlc
Outten & Golden, LLC @OuttenGolden
Southwest Women's Law Center @SWWomensLaw
Spitfire Strategies @SpitfireSays
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth @equitablegrowth
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @USEEOC
United State of Women @USOWomen
University of Colorado Law School @ColoLaw
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs @HHHSchool
Women's Law Project @WomensLawProj
Learn more about us, including the full Roundtable, at www.equalpaytoday.org.