Women’s Rights, Workers’ Rights and Racial Justice Advocates to host a #NativeWomensEqualPay Day Social Media Storm on

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Women’s Rights, Workers’ Rights and Racial Justice Advocates to host a #NativeWomensEqualPay Day Social Media Storm on

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET.

September 27, 2018

 Washington, DC – Today, women’s rights advocates will host a social media storm at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT in observance of Native Women’s Equal Pay Day – Thursday, September 27, 2018 using the hashtags #NativeWomensEqualPay, #DemandMore, and #Equity. Access the coalition toolkit and learn more about the gender wage gap for Native Women at www.nativewomensequalpayday.org.

 WHAT:  Native Women’s Equal Pay Day Coalition Social Media Storm

 WHEN:                       TODAY, Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET/11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

 WHERE:                    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat using hashtags #NativeWomensEqualPay, #DemandMore, and #Equity.

BACKGROUND

Each year, Equal Pay Day is held in April, but when we look at the wage gap for women of color, the gap is far greater. When compared to all men, women are paid $.80 (cents) on the $1. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Native women are paid only $.57 (cents) on the $1 (using 2016 figures). This means the typical Native woman must work until September 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017. This gap contributes to Native Women having one of the highest poverty rates of all women.

 There are many contributors to the wage gap, including employment discrimination, gender and race- based bias, lack of pay transparency, an inadequate minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, unfair workplace practices, lack of affordable child care, lack of quality public education system, a dismantling of organized labor, and inadequate access to capital.

The wage gap for Native women, however, is exacerbated by our nation’s shameful history of oppression of Native communities, which still have consequences in the lives of Native Americans and in particular women and girls. More than 4 in 5 Native women have experienced violence in their lifetimes, with Native women being 10 times more likely to be murdered than the national average.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 300 Native women disappear in the US & Canada under suspicious circumstances each year. Unfortunately, the exact number is unknown because data collection for Native communities is lacking.

On this #NativeWomensEqualPay Day, in this critical year for our nation, at this pivotal moment for our democracy, and on this pivotal day for women, especially survivors of sexual assault and violence, women nationwide are demanding more. Native women are demanding tangible solutions from their employers, from the business community, and from officials at the local, state, federal, and tribal level for addressing each of the contributors to the gap and other areas of disparity for native women. Indeed, women are demanding equity of opportunity in all areas of American life, including within the workplace, our national economy, and under the law.

Questions or need a contact? Email info@nativewomensequalpayday.org.

CO-SPONSORS: As of this writing, the social media storm is co-sponsored by the following organizations. This list will be updated throughout the day at www.nativewomensequalpayday.org.

American Association of University Women California Women's Law Center

Catalyst

Equal Pay Today

Equal Rights Advocates

Friends of the Delaware County Women's Commission

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Legal Aid at Work

MomsRising

National Asian Pacific American's Forum (NAPAWF)

National Center for Law and Economic Justice National Council of Jewish Women

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

National Network to End Domestic Violence National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families National Women's Law Center

Native Americans in Philanthropy PathWays PA

Phenomenal Woman

People for the American Way PowHer New York

UltraViolet

Women Employed