Equal Pay for Equal Work
If you haven’t heard, the Citizen-Times is reporting that N.C. Senator Ralph Hise isn’t “anti women,” he’s just “pro-business.” In fact, that pay gap must be all in your pretty, little heads because he doesn’t think inequality exists. We know inequality does exist. We also know that opposing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) because you’re “pro-business” translates into being “anti-equitable wages” for women. The Senate Rules and Operations Committee is refusing to hear ERA bill S184 and rule favorably to put it on track to be passed by the Senate and moved to the House. Sen. Hise is a member of the committee.
We literally can’t afford to meet the silence of the Senate Rules and Operations Committee with silence. As Marena Groll writes in “Let’s let lawmakers know we want equality, ”
“Currently, 40 percent of the families’ primary breadwinners are women whose families aren’t asking for equal outcomes. They’re asking for women to have equal access to constitutional protection because women aren’t feeling his forward movement financially. In North Carolina in 2013, for full-time, year-round workers, compared to every dollar a white, non-Hispanic man made, women earned significantly less (white, 77 cents; African-American, 63 cents; Latina, 46 cents).”
We will be standing sentinel again on Wednesday, June 3 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the NC Legislature, 16 W. Jones St. in Raleigh, NC. The hour long protest will take place outside Office Rm. 2010 in the Legislative Bldg. This is the office of Sen. Tom Apodaca, Chair of the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.
We are expecting media coverage again at this event. This is not a civil disobedience action and has been coordinated with building security. At no point will we block areas or access.
Standing Sentinel is in the tradition of the Suffragists who stood outside the White House during the struggle for the women’s right to vote. Some of our volunteer sentinels have elected to wear purple t-shirts. This is a nod to the “Sentinels” who incorporated purple into their sashes when advocating for voting rights for women. ERA rounds will be supplied.
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Marena Groll, NC4ERA
Gailya Paliga, NC NOW