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Equal Pay Legislative Day

State Capitol Steps
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. (Tuesday is the day on which women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week.) Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

According to the 2016 Census data, year-round, full-time working women in 2015 earned only 80% of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men.

Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay. For more information on pay equity, see www.pay-equity.org.

Advocates will be handing out three-quarters of chocolate chip cookies to highlight the inequity and urging passage of a package of House and Senate bills to address the issue. Legislators and others will speak on the Capitol steps. In order to draw attention to this disparity, several organizations will be hosting events at the Capitol and visiting their elected officials.

A workshop will be held prior to the events at the Capitol steps. To register for the workshop or get more information go to www.pay-equity.org.

Download flyer       •      Download form       •       Register online

Gender Justice Advocate Appointed

The Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jen Salamone to the position of LGBTQ Task Force Chair. Ms. Salamone has a M.S.Ed in Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology. She is a Student Affairs Professional with a passion for teaching and art as activism. Currently Ms. Salamone lives in Flint and is the Program Manager for the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. She also has experience as a Project Coordinator for the Women's Educational Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. (download press release)

Flint, Michigan Community, Labor, Public Health, Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Fund Water Infrastructure Improvements

Michigan NOW and and other state (and national) organizations signed letters to the House and Senate in support of Flint funding.

About the Water Crisis In Flint: As many as 12,000 children in Flint may have been exposed to lead in the city’s drinking water, after the city’s emergency manager changed the source of water to the Flint River in 2014 to save the city money. The river water corroded the plumbing, causing the aging pipes to leach lead into the water. No amount of lead exposure is safe, and lead is particularly damaging for children’s developing brains.

Water Infrastructure Funding: The Senate is currently considering a bipartisan version of the Water Resources Development Act that includes assistance to help Flint and other communities improve or replace their aging water infrastructure. The House has yet to take up a water resources bill or enact any measure providing funding for Flint.

See copies of the House and Senate letters.