SFWPC Updates & Policy

Abortion is Healthcare: SFWPC Statement on Texas Senate Bill 8

Yesterday, September 1, the Texas anti-abortion law, known as Senate Bill 8, went into effect. Senate Bill 8 undermines Roe v. Wade and blocks access to abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy, effectively taking away a woman’s right to choose. The impact deprives Texas women of nearly all options for abortion services. SFWPC strongly condemns this assault on women’s self-autonomy.

Limiting access to reproductive healthcare, including systematically stripping people of all genders from accessing abortion, is not only a transgression against basic human reproductive rights but is also an assault on dignity and autonomy. While access to abortion is the forefront concern regarding SB8, the debate surrounding it is emblematic of the continued work to  subvert the rights of women. This is reflective of the resistance women and allies have made throughout history to defend their basic humanity. As an organization that refuses to entertain assertions that the dignity and autonomy of women is open to negotiation, SFWPC firmly rejects SB 8.

Senate Bill 8, is the strictest abortion ban in the nation. It bans abortion as soon as cardiac activity (heartbeat) is detectable. Six weeks is only two weeks after a missed period, assuming a 28 day menstrual cycle. This is before many, if not most, women know that they are pregnant. This amounts to a nearly complete ban on abortion in Texas as 85% of abortion procedures in the state happen after the sixth week of pregnancy. 

This Texas law sets a dangerous precedent and puts reproductive freedom across the nation at risk. On August 31, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to prematurely block Senate Bill 8 from going into effect, and yesterday, on September 1, SCOTUS declined to block SB 8 in a 5-4 ruling.

In dissenting, SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor said: “The court’s order is stunning, presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand.”

Justice Sotomayor wrote. “The court should not be so content to ignore its constitutional obligations to protect not only the rights of women but also the sanctity of its precedents and of the rule of law.”

This Texas law is drafted to make it difficult to challenge in court. Usually, a lawsuit seeking to block a law due to its unconstitutionality would be against state officials. However, the Texas law instead deputizes private individuals to sue anyone who performs the procedure or “aids and abets” it. Essentially, delegating enforcement of the prohibition to the populace at large. The Court has never dealt with this question. 

As a result of SB 8, access to a safe abortion in Texas will no longer be available. Women in Texas will now be forced to travel to other states or even carry out a pregnancy that is against their will. Make no mistake – abortion will continue, as it has throughout history. Now, women will still seek dangerous ways to have a procedure done in secret, even if it means risking their own life. Low-income Black and Brown women will be disappropriately effected by the abortion ban. 20% of Black and Brown women in Texas live in poverty and won’t have the means to seek treatment out-of-state. 

Prior to SB 8, access to an abortion was already difficult for women in Texas. Many women received biased couseling before seeking treatment, and they also deal with pro-life groups shaming them for the choice they are making about their bodies. Abortion providers and supporters will face legal attack with the new Texas anti-abortion law in place. 

The San Francisco Women’s Political Committee is committed to advocating and fighting to protect the access to reproductive care. We solemnly believe women and women alone hold the right to make decisions about their bodies and futures. We call on all our elected officials to use their voice, platform, responsibility, and influence to enact safeguards for women’s reproductive rights whether locally, at the state level, or federally. And we call on our members and allies to join our board members in donating to organizations supporting safe access to abortion in Texas.

Signed & In Solidarity,

SFWPC Board

Organizations/Health Centers at Risk/Need Help in Texas:

  • Planned Parenthood (many health centers across the state)
  • Whole Woman’s Health (operates fours clinics in Texas)
  • Southwestern Women’s Surgical Center
  • Austin Women’s Health Center
  • Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services
  • Houston Women’s Reproductive Services

Abortion Funds to Support in Texas:

We Believe Sasha

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

On Friday, San Francisco housing activist Sasha Perigo went public about her rape by another local activist, Jon Jacobo. We commend Sasha’s courage and bravery in sharing this very personal trauma in great detail in order to both lessen her own burden of keeping this secret, and in making it public so the community is aware of a predator among us. We believe Sasha.

This is a wake up call for the San Francisco political community. In political circles, and more broadly, any circles of influence and power, our patriarchal and misogynistic society lets men in prominent positions get away with being predators and abusing their power, influence and status. Oftentimes their status results in a lack of accountability and is used both to silence victims and enable ongoing access to new victims. We must normalize holding abusers to account no matter what circles they may run in or no matter how much they have “done” for the community. No amount of service, advocacy, activism, money, etc. outweighs or excuses predatory behavior.

We commend Supervisors Walton, Ronen, and Melgar, BART Board Directors Li and Dufty and others in the San Francisco political community for speaking out publicly on their support for Sasha and women who have experienced sexual assault and harassment, and their swift calls for Jacobo to resign from his position as a City Commissioner, which he has now done.

We call on all of our elected officials to use their voice, platform, responsibility and influence to empower and uplift victims of sexual abuse and swiftly address concerns of assault, harrassment, and predatory behavior in their circles, including with staff, donors and friends. Sexual abuse should be condemned across political lines and stature. Silence is complicity.

Our culture and society will only change when we make it clear that this behavior and abuse is wholly unacceptable and has consequences. “No” means no. The behavior of trying to coerce women into escalating sexual touching and/or acts is NOT consent and is a core driver of sexual assault. There is zero tolerance for abuse and ignoring the need for unambiguous and affirmative consent in sex.

If you have experienced sexual assault in San Francisco and need assistance, the city has information and resources available. Additional resources and hotlines to call for 24 hour assistance, crisis counseling, and other support services can be found here

In solidarity,

The SFWPC Board

Human rights are human rights

“An Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, on Saturday. The strike on the high-rise came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the 12-story building, which also housed Al-Jazeera, other offices, and residential apartments. The strike brought down the entire structure, which collapsed in a gigantic cloud of dust. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.” – AP News, May 15th 2021

Over the past few weeks and even just today, we’ve witnessed violence against the Palestinian community as many Muslims observed the end of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. The use of military force is unconscionable. SFWPC cannot in good conscience advocate for women’s rights, racial equity, inclusion and accessibility in the bay area and stay silent when people are being displaced and murdered around the world. Human rights are human rights. That such a simple statement is considered politically fraught when applied to the Palestinian people is unacceptable. We continue to call for the dismantling of all forms of systematic oppression. We refuse to legitimize the silencing of marginalized communities and are alarmed by the lack of spoken outrage on this very matter. We absolutely demand that this violence ends. We are not free until we all are free.

Signed & In Solidarity,

The SFWPC Board

Daunte Wright, Roger Allen & Adam Toledo

Our hearts are heavy after another tragic week in America. Nearly a year after the murder of George Floyd, we are reminded that little within the systems of policing in America has actually changed. While Mr. Floyd’s murderer was on trial for the crime literally only minutes away, another unarmed Black man, Daunte Wright, was murdered by a police officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop (stories in this link may contain details, images and videos of their respective murders). 

Days later, the city of Chicago released body cam footage from the March 29 police murder of 13 year old Adam Toledo. Adam, a Latinx child, was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was shot in the chest by a Chicago police officer.

And here in the Bay Area, Roger Allen, a Black man, was shot and killed by police in Daly City earlier this month. Details on what happened in the altercation with police remain unclear. Daly City police are not outfitted with body cameras.

What is clear is that police violence against Black and Brown people continues to threaten our lives everyday. We have never felt safe when police are called or are present. Their very inception was based on a history of slave patrols — their very presence means our lives and the lives of our loved ones are at risk. The militarization, blatant lies, lack of accountability, blanket legal immunity and the toxic misogynistic and ‘bro’ culture within the American police force are all contributors and drivers of ongoing violence, but the underlying driver has always been and will always be white supremacy. 

What else can explain why Kyle Rittenhouse — an armed white man who murdered two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man — was able to walk away from the scene with his life after killing two people. It’s on record that U.S. police officers and public officials have donated to fundraisers for this murderer

“White supremacy in the minds of people will always add a layer of justification for behavior that harms Black and Brown bodies, that is an internal process. That is why policy is important. Because if I were waiting on the cultural competency, or good intentions of people, particularly white people, we would still be slaves today.” Sakara Remmu – Founder, Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance.

Since the end of March, there have been 64 people who have died at the hands of the police. Our board and membership includes members of Black and Brown communities and we stand in solidarity with these communities and condemn police violence and white supremacy and bias within the American police force. We call for financing and implementing effective alternatives to policing, greater accountability measures, and will be exploring what we can do as an organization to change policy to end police violence.

Sincerely,

SFWPC Board

Results of Board of Supervisors Time Study (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 

Contact: Megan Imperial, (415) 972 – 9792, megan.imperial@sfgov.org  

***PRESS RELEASE*** 

 SUPERVISOR MELGAR AND SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN’S POLITICAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS LIMITED SPEAKING TIME-STUDY   

SFWPC analyzed the first week of March looking at men minutes vs. women minutes spoken on the Board of Supervisors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Supervisor Melgar in partnership with the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC) announced the results of their analysis for the limited speaking time-study in the first week of March. 

In summary, the study found that there are a number of areas for improvement when it comes to gender equity on the Board of Supervisors, namely that men speak longer on average in comparison to their women colleagues. In addition, on average, men interrupt women during meetings – including Supervisors, City staff, and public commenters – more frequently than they interrupt men in the same roles. 

In addition to the findings of the time study, SFWPC noted that during the time of the study committee assignments were not distributed equally when analyzed from a gender perspective. SFWPC found that if all committee assigned seats were distributed equally, each Supervisor would have 2 committee seats. On Average men have 2.4 seats while women have 1.5.  

Methodology: SFWPC analyzed Supervisor meetings the first five business days of the month — Monday, March 1st to Friday, March 5th. During this time period, SFWPC reviewed the following meetings: Rules Committee, Land Use and Transportation Committee, the regular Board of Supervisors meeting, Budget and Finance Committee, Budget and Appropriations Committee, and Government Audit and Oversight Committee. In total, over 11 hours of meetings were audited for the time period analyzed.

Facilitation: When counting time, the role of the President of the Board and or Chair of a Committee would not be counted if the individual Supervisor used the time spoken to guide the meeting forward without influencing the conversation. Because the President of the Board and the Chair of the Committee operate as facilitators, their time was only counted when they themselves used their time to influence the conversation or spoke in support or opposition of an item.

Men Speaking Time vs. Women Speaking Time: Since women are underrepresented on the Board of Supervisors currently (4 women and 7 men), speaking time for the four women Supervisors should average about 36.4% of total speaking time during Board and Committee meetings. Although men make up 63.6% of the Board, across the week they accounted for 77.9% of speaking time in committee and the Board of Supervisors combined. Women spoke on average 22.09% throughout the week, well below the 36.4% speaking time they should be allotted.

“This study was done by women, during Women’s Herstory Month, to really call attention to women’s lived experience on the Board of Supervisors. Although I got a small number of individuals who didn’t understand the importance of this study – on the whole – women and the space we take or don’t impact our daily lives. Even on the Board of Supervisors, we see that on average men over spoke and women under spoke in proportion to their representation on the Board,” said Supervisor Melgar.

The Role of Committee Assignments in Gender Equity on the Board: Representation of gender on Board committees also contributed and often exacerbated, the underrepresentation of women’s time to speak. Budget and Finance is composed of all men while Budget and Appropriations women make up only 20% of the committee. Committee assignments being distributed inequitably put women at a speaking disadvantage. Committees are where most of the Board’s work happens, under-representation here limits women’s ability to participate in the legislative process compared to the men supervisors. 

“We were thrilled to participate in this landmark study. SFWPC believes that equal and proportional representation in our city and across our Board committees is essential to racial and gender equity and that achieving this equity is only possible by making very intentional decisions. There are currently only 4 women Supervisors out of the 11 total Supervisors, which is not reflective of the City’s demographics.” Said SFWPC Co-President Nadia Rahman, “given this reality, an intentional effort should be made by each and every Supervisor to ensure equitable representation for the women on the Board. In the future, we recommend factoring in gender representation when making Committee assignments — including adding women to the Budget and Finance and Budget and Appropriations Committee as these two committees currently are under-representing women on the Board. Through this study, we have identified tangible issues of gender inequity on the Board that need to be addressed.” 

Rate of Interruptions: SFWPC found that men interrupt more regardless of gender, but interrupt women at an ever-greater rate, once the gender of the party interrupted is factored in. Men disproportionately interrupted staff (Clerks of the Board, Departmental Staff, and whoever else has presented at Board meetings) and Supervisors during meetings, 84.5% compared to women at 15.5%. 

An interruption was defined as when a member of the Board of Supervisors other than the President of the Board or Chair of a Committee speaks without permission or out of turn. Of total interruptions they drove, men interrupted women 56.9% of the time compared to interrupting men 43.1% of the time. Women interrupted men 60% of the time compared to interrupting other women 40% of the time. 

Supervisor Melgar emphasized, “I implore my colleagues – men and women alike to self-reflect on the space and time used and take this opportunity to understand how each of us individually – women included – internalize and externalize our interactions. Let’s collectively work together to change behavior.”

SFWPC will share the full report and findings from the weeklong study in April 2021. 

Fighting Violence Against Women

“All women and girls should feel safe on the street of [insert any city or town name here] at all times.”

This statement is what an equitable world for women and girls would feel like. As demonstrated by recent events, violence against women is a pervasive and insidious issue that exists in the United States and globally, impacting women and girls in every corner of the world. While the perpetrators of this violence are overwhelmingly male and often intimate partners, women are the ones told to modify their behavior in an effort to keep themselves safe in a toxic and inequitable reality.

This week has been solemn as we mourn women who should be with us today, and we demand justice for their murders. We join with our AAPI sisters & community in mourning the violent murder of nine individuals, six of which were Asian women, at the hands of a male white supremacist in Atlanta massage parlors. We are with our London-based sisters in mourning the murder of Sarah Everard, a South London woman abducted off the street and brutally murdered by a London police officer. Sarah’s death launched a global dialogue across social & news media last week about how unsafe women are in their day-to-day lives, as well as the need to hold men accountable for their roles in perpetuating violence against women. The executions of immigrant AAPI women in Atlanta compound both the sense of horror and the realities of racism and xenophobia against women in minority and marginalized communities of color. 

This week also marked the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s murder. Breonna Taylor was shot, multiple times, while asleep in her own home, eroding any sense that women, especially women of color, are safe anywhere. Violence against women is ubiquitous, and it often intersects with racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry. The issue of gender-based violence is tangible, universal, and the harm it results in is all too familiar.

Those of us who identify as women have all experienced the fear of gender-based violence, especially in the form of street harassment. Regardless of age, race, class, location, or creed, women are forced to make calculations every day to reduce the risk posed to them by men for merely existing. Pervasive cultures of victim shaming and victim blaming lead women to keep silent of their fears about the threats they face, all while subjecting themselves to restrictive self-policing practices in an attempt to ensure their safety. It is exhausting, denigrating, and often futile, which compounds women’s fears and feelings of helplessness and aloneness.

SFWPC applauds and supports those leading the international discourse regarding women’s safety, gender-based violence, and the failure of law enforcement to recognize and value women’s lives and offers the following commitments moving forward:

Recognizing Women’s Collective Trauma

SFWPC commits to recognizing the impact of this collective trauma women have experienced over the course of lifetimes and commits to providing a platform of empowering women’s voices related to gender-based violence, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, class or creed. SFPWC also commits to supporting initiatives for gender-based violence prevention programming and support services provided to women.

Refusing to Accept Male Violence as Normal

Although not all men demonstrate violent behavior, the majority of gender-based violence and street harassment is perpetuated by men. Despite this, discourse related to gender-based violence often and unfairly results in shifting responsibility to women to “protect themselves.” SFPWC commits to refocusing our conversations related to gender-based violence to the choices and actions of men.

Holding Law Enforcement Accountable

The officers who killed Breonna’s Taylor have not been held accountable — we are still waiting for justice for her. And Ms. Everard’s murder and the London police force’s response demonstrate the multiple layers of victimization that women face. Law enforcement’s failure to address and perpetuation of violence against women is unacceptable. SFWPC commits to demanding accountability of law enforcement in protecting and empowering women.

Understand the Impact of Race on Gender Based Violence

Generally, women of color experience domestic violence and sexual assault at higher rates. There is an intersection of racism and sexism and the result is that women of color face greater societal barriers to reporting violence against them. Building awareness of and acknowledging these realities is key to addressing the systemic issues and dismantling the barriers to make access to help and justice equitable for women of color. 

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Stop Asian Hate

The murders of 8 people in three spas in Atlanta last night, 6 of whom were Asian women, has us all reeling today. This senseless violence is the latest and one of the most deadly examples of the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes over the course of the last year. It is alarming, unacceptable, and reprehensible. This is an issue that must be addressed in every single community in America. 

Here in the Bay Area, we’ve seen a number of horrifying attacks against Asian American elders. Yesterday, there were two knife attacks in San Francisco — one older Asian man was nearly blinded. And this comes on the heels of recent attacks in February against 84 year old Vichar Ratanapakdee in San Francisco which resulted in his death, an attack on a 91 year old man in Oakland, and the assault and robbery of a 64 year old woman in San Jose. 

These attacks are motivated by racism and a direct result of the damaging and misleading rhetoric and example set by our 45th President in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to result in devastating impact in our own Bay Area communities and throughout the nation.

SFWPC’s board and membership includes members of the AAPI community and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community now and always. SFWPC condemns the rise in violence against each and every group within the larger AAPI community, and will be connecting with AAPI organizations and community leaders here in San Francisco to determine how best to support our beloved AAPI community at home.

It’s of critical importance that each and everyone take action in the face of this racism and hate by refuting and correcting falsehoods when we hear them, raising awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes by discussing the subject with our networks and sharing content via our social media networks, and de-escalating, intervening in and/or reporting hate incidents when we witness them.   

The Stop AAPI Hate reporting project is a partnership between the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University.

For more information on how you can get involved and support the AAPI community, please visit stopaapihate.org. It’s on all of us to #StopAsianHate.

In solidarity,
The SFWPC Board

SFWPC 2021 Board Slate

UPDATE: We are excited to share that the full proposed slate was elected by the SFWPC membership! Stay tuned to get to know more about each member as we share profiles over the coming weeks.


We are thrilled to share our 2021 Board slate with our community. We have an ambitious set of goals for 2021, and this dynamic team brings deep expertise in local politics, specific policy and legal areas, fundraising, organizing, community management, and more. We also want to invite you to reach out if you are interested in volunteering with SFWPC. There are opportunities to help with events, communications, and other activities. To finalize our 2021 Board team, a virtual ballot will be emailed to all eligible members later this week. 

SFWPC RECOMMENDED SLATE FOR 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Co-Presidents: Sharon Chung* and Nadia Rahman
Treasurer: Lily Li
PAC Co-Chairs: Gabriela Jimenez* and Urvi Nagrani 
Fundraising Chair: Gillian Pressman
Policy Co-Chairs: Kathryn Angotti and Megan Imperial*
Membership Co-Chairs: Tyra Fennell and Lauren Roger*
Events Co-Chairs: Zahra Hajee and Linda Liu*
Communications Co-Chairs: Denise Heitzenroder* and Danisha Lomax
Parliamentarian: Amber Bissell 
At-Large Board Members: Kim Castle, Jennifer Longley*, and Amy Pineda
* = Current or prior SFWPC Board Chairs or members

In order to be eligible to vote, members must have attended three or more SFWPC events in the last 12 months and be current on their dues. If you’d like to inquire about your membership status, please email Lauren Roger at lauren@sfwpc.org.

Once confirmed, eligible members will receive a link to their personalized digital ballot from Election Runner – a secure, cloud-based voting platform – via email. Voting will be live from 9am Friday, February 19th until 8pm PST Sunday, February 21st.

SFWPC Endorses Yes on Props C&G

SFWPC firmly believes we should do all we can to ensure equitable representation in our city’s leadership and to encourage civic participation. With these principles in mind we wholeheartedly encourage our members to vote YES on ballot measures C & G. 

YES ON Prop C: Removing Citizenship Requirements for Members of City Bodies Charter Amendment: A “yes” vote supports amending the city charter to remove the requirement that individuals serving on city boards, commissions, and advisory bodies must be U.S. citizens and registered voters, while still requiring those individuals to be of legal voting age and San Francisco residents.

If you take any trip around San Francisco the city’s vibrant diversity is on display. We rank as not only one of the most diverse cities in the country, but we also have one of the largest immigrant populations of any major city — upwards of one-third of our residents are immigrants. These individuals are nurses, teachers, bus drivers, small business owners, parents, and a vital part of our community. We should not bar dedicated and civic minded residents from participating on boards simply because they are not a citizen. Allowing our non-citizen neighbors to serve on city commissions and boards will ensure diverse voices are present, and that the needs of everyone are heard and considered in important policy conversations.  

YES ON Prop G: Youth Voting in Local Elections Charter Amendment: A “yes” vote supports amending the city charter to lower the voting age to 16 for local candidates and ballot measures.

SFWPC continues to support the SF Youth Commission and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ efforts to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in local elections. Generation Z is the most diverse generation ever and they are bucking the trend of non-voting among youth. Today’s young people are incredibly diverse, informed and empowered, leading fights for equity, criminal justice reform, environmental protections, and much, much more. Young people deserve to have a say in who their elected officials are and in the policies that will impact them in the coming years and decades. Moreover, the earlier individuals begin voting, the more they are likely to make voting a lifelong habit. Numerous cities across the county have already lowered the voting age for their local elections. If San Francisco passes this measure, which we genuinely hope it does, it would be the largest city to do so. 

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Equal Pay Day Disparities for Womxn of Color

It is no secret that women are paid less than men. Every year Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay gap that continues to exist in America. The day represents how far womxn collectively must work into the next year to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. This year Equal Pay Day was March 31, 2020.

Although, womxn of all races face an inequitable wage gap, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx womxn experience a wider gap. Nearly five months after Equal Pay Day, we were finally able to mark Black Womxns’ Equal Pay Day on August 22nd. These additional 5 months represent the time that the average Black womxn must work in order to earn what their average white male counterpart earned the previous year. For Indigenous and Latinx womxn, Equal Pay Day is even farther away on October 1, 2020 and October 29, 2020 respectively. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this wage gap and exposed other gaps as well.

Black, Indigenous, and Latinx womxn have been disproportionately affected by both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Specifically, more than 1 in 3 Black womxn provide essential public services in front-line jobs such as nursing assistants, home health aides, and grocery store staff, and therefore, are more likely to face a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 at their workplaces. Additionally, Black womxn not employed in essential roles are more likely to work in industries that have laid off massive numbers of employees due to COVID-19 and may need months or years to resume normal operations, leaving these womxn economically vulnerable. ​These industries include restaurants, retail, hotel, education, and cosmetology. Womxn of color overall are also more likely to be impacted by an increase in family caregiving pressures as they are more likely to be both caregivers and daily essential workers.

With the wage gap magnified under COVID-19, direct attention must be given to racial and gendered pay inequities as we begin to move towards economic recovery. In preparation, this means more white allies advocating for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx womxn to be prioritized both during and after recovery, and granted access to build economic wealth and long-term prosperity in this nation. Advocacy for fair pay protection, higher minimum wages, and access to low to no-cost childcare are essential to closing the wage gap for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx womxn.

As we lay out these hard truths about the disparities and inequities persistent in our wage system, we must ask what does Equal Pay Day really mean for every womxn? And why are these days of dedication so drastically far apart? We ask that our readers consider these questions and support economic wage justice for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx womxn. To take action, check out http://www.equalpaytoday.org/

Sources:
– National Women’s Law Center, “It’s 2020 and Black Women Aren’t Even Close to Equal Pay”
– Equal Pay Today, “2020 Equal Pay Days”