Category Archives: gender wage gap

What do you know about “Equal Pay Day”?

Equal Pay Day is the day in any given year when women working full-time, year-round catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. April 4th is Equal Pay Day for 2017, because women on average make 80% of what men make. However, the reality is that the wage gap is even greater for most women of color. ” African-American women’s wages won’t catch up to men’s 2016 earnings until July 31, Native American women until September 25, and Latina women until November 2, according to the ACLU in “Working Women, Your Paycheck Has Been Trapped in a Time Warp,4/4/17. Mom’s are penalized too – Equal Pay Day for moms arrives in late May this year. Even celebrating Equal Pay Day on Tuesday is significant. Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week! More here about myths on women’s pay, and what can be done to make pay more fair. 

In “Shortchanged: Gender and race discrimination in the workplace, and how to fix it,” 4/3/17, NC Policy Watch Blog, Women’s March On Raleigh organizer Shana Becker wrote, 

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What I want for Valentine’s Day is Equal Rights for Women!

On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House. 

Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference atLawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”

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Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

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Update on Women’s Marches in DC and around US on 1/21/17

Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!

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Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.

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“Why the ERA, Why NOW” Press Conference Videos Available

Did you miss the ERA-NC Alliance press conference last April? Maybe you went and want to enjoy the speeches again! Videos of the 3 speeches from the press conference from 4/12/16 are now available online.  The theme of our event was “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The event was held on “Equal Pay Day” which recognizes when women (on average) finally make what men had made (on average) the year before. 

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Gailya Paliga, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Roberta Madden at ERA-NC Alliance Press Conference at WFU.                  Photo Credit: Diana Gray

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Cities For CEDAW Coalition Meets with LA CEDAW Prime

NC NOW is part of NC’s Cities For CEDAW (Convention for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) coalition. The coalition meets monthly in Raleigh. Read more about Cities for CEDAW (C4C) at “What do you know about CEDAW? How can it help you?” 8/22/15.

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On June 16, the coalition met from 6pm to 8:20pm. From 7pm on, we had a conference call with Araceli Campos from Los Angeles to learn more about LA’s Cities for CEDAW program. Campos walked us through a powerpoint presentation she had sent.

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Best Cake Ever! And other highlights from ERA-NC event.

Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good.  I don’t even like cake much in general.  But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!

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Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge

It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.  ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition.  See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4

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Quotes! Speech! Why ERA NOW?

“Women and men are equals, yet they are not treated equally under the law or in American society,” as ERA Coalition states.

See this and other quotes from the NC NOW President’s speech at the ERA-NC Alliance Launch event on Equal Pay Day (4/12/16) at Wake Forest University. The speech includes surprising statistics and interesting quotes (some below). Also includes some examples of NC’s war on women including how House Bill 2 is DISASTROUS for women! The speech file includes links to sources for some of the surprising statistics.

‘Happy Equal Pay Day’ said no woman ever! – anonymous

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This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  And there are multiple Equal Pay Day dates.

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