DCFDW Commemorates Equal Pay Day 2015

APRIL 13, 2015
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Join with the DC Federation of Democratic Women on Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
WHO:   On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the DC Federation of Democratic Women will join with the DC Office of Women’s Policies and Initiatives and women from across the District of Columbia to commemorate Equal Pay Day, a national day of action against unfair pay to women.  Equal Pay Day marks the point in 2015 that a woman must work in order to earn the same wages paid to a man in the 2014. The date symbolizes how far into 2015 that women must work to earn what men earned in 2014.  Since women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay and the wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
WHAT:   On average, women earn ¾ the salary of men, yet they have to pay the same amount as men for food, housing, child care, gas and everything else!  What do you think would happen if the next time a woman had to pay a dollar for goods or services, she offered the merchant 78 cents?  That’s the reality of what women live daily.
WHY:   According to Estell Lloyd, DCFDW President, due largely to the number of women in senior positions in federal government, Washington, D.C. enjoys the smallest wage gap in America with women earning an average of 90 cents on the dollar to men.   Yet,African American women in DC only earn an average of 56 cents on the dollar and Latina women in DC earn an average of 48 cents on the dollarof men.  Given the number of women who are heads of households in the District, the wage gap has an enormous impact on the lives for women, children and families.  Yet, at a time when America’s economy hasn’t fully recovered, every penny counts!
HOW:   Fair pay takes real change!  And we can make a difference.  Here in the District of Columbia, we will join hundreds of other organizations across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and offer solutions to wage discrimination, as we call for Passage of Equal Pay Legislation.  We also strongly encourage the local business community to review its pay practices to ensure that women are not discriminated against, by performing an Equal Pay Self-Audit provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.
Join the DC Federation of Democratic Women as the Executive Office of the Mayor hosts a press conference for National Equal Pay Day tomorrow on April 14, 2015 at 9:00 -9:30 am at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Room G9.  Guest speakers will include Mayor Muriel Bowser, CNN Correspondent Donna Brazile and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The D.C. Federation of Democratic Women promotes candidacy for women, and advocacy, mentoring and training to empower and successfully engage women at
 all levels of the Democratic Party.