Awareness & Education

Earning What You're Worth: Defending Your Right to Equal Pay


The Equal Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Women's Bureau present Earning What You're Worth: Defending Your Right to Equal Pay.

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in the U.S. still earn only 80 cents for every $1 men earn. Join us to listen to a panel of advocates, a panel of attorneys, and a guest equal pay expert discuss this issue, and learn what employees can do to to help close this wage gap. Two New York State CLE credits will be available for attendance and participation.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 8:45a.m.-12p.m.
EEOC-New York District Office, 33 Whitehall St.-11th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY

RSVP: Contact Bryan White at 212-336-3670 or


What's the Wage Gap in Your State?

In this recession, women’s earnings are more vital than ever to their families' and our country’s economic security. Yet women still have had to work more than three months into this year to match the income of men in 2010.
Learn more about how the wage gap affects you: Use the map here to download an equal pay fact sheet for your state.

(Released by National Partnership for Women & Families and AAUW.)


Wage Disparities and Women of Color

Despite efforts to equalize earnings, a persistent wage gap exists between women and men. Recent Census data indicates that women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. This gap is more pronounced for women of color with Black women earning 61 cents and Hispanic women earning 52 cents for every dollar paid to a white male. The negative impact of the gender-based wage gap is exacerbated for women of color, who face lower lifetime earnings overall, occupational segmentation, and unequal access to assets and other wealth builders.

As more women become primary wage earners for households across the country, eliminating the pay gap becomes even more crucial to sustaining healthy and prosperous communities. Aligning the income distribution with the gender composition of the workforce is particularly needed now in these tough economic times to ensure economic security, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

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Looking to Women in America for Solutions

*By Kate Meyer

Last week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a White House Webchat to highlight findings from the recently released report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Here at NCRW we were thrilled to see Jarrett and Bansal advocating for the same policies and programs that are on our agenda.

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Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change

IWPR’s study explored the challenges many Latina immigrants face and the ways that nonprofit organizations and congregations strive to address them in three areas with rapidly growing immigrant populations: Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; and Northern Virginia, a region within the Washington, District of Columbia (DC), metropolitan area.


The Athena Film Festival -- featuring MISS REPRESENTATION

02/10/2011 - 02/13/2011


Co-founders Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood and Katheryn Kolbert of The Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College present:

The Athena Film Festival - A Celebration of Women and Leadership at Barnard College

25 shorts, docs and features will unspool over the weekend all focused on women's leadership. The festival aims to foster female participation in every facet of independent and commercial filmmaking. Our message is clear: if the representation of women in mainstream media is going to advance, women need to be behind the scenes.

FAST FACT: Black Women's Health Care Access and Educational Attainment Rising

By Josephina Ragon* 

Last week, I waited eagerly on the steps of City Hall to get the latest facts on the status of black women and girls. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. released their 2010 Bi-Annual report to a crowd of fellow non-profits, media, and interested citizens. According to Executive Director and Founder Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, the report gives the public a picture of an “African-American female as a whole person—a snapshot of her life.” This particular study is the only ongoing national report on the current state of black females in the United States.

The research not only covers the challenges faced by black women today, but also their achievements thus far. For example,

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