2020 AAUW of Virginia State Conference
Dedication of the Virginia Women’s Monument
Over 600 people attended, including Gov. Northam, AAUW of VA Woman of Achievement winner Mary Margaret Whipple, Speaker of the House M. Kirkland Cox, and Ivan Schwartz, head sculpture. Mr. Schwartz noted that as of 2011, while there were an estimated 5,200 public statues depicting historic figures in the United States, only 394 were of women.
This monument, over 10 years in the making, will consists of 12 statues of women who represent over 400 years of Virginia history. Seven statues were unveiled at the ceremony, with the other five to be installed later. The monument also has a glass Wall of Honor with the name of 230 Virginia women. One woman from Prince William County, Annie Snyder (1921-2002) a preservationist, is on the wall.
For more information, go to http://womensmonumentcom.virginia.gov/
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The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. The Work Smart program teaches women at all stages of their career how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for themselves and their families.
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Equal Pay For Women in 2017- Not in Prince William County, Virginia
While State and local governments all over the country recognized April 4, 2017 as Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s wages catch up to men’s earnings from the year before, this was not the case in Prince William County, Virginia. Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, along with Supervisors Pete Candland (Gainesville District), Vice Chair Jeanine Lawson (Brentsville District), and Ruth Anderson (Occoquan District), blocked the board from approving a proclamation recognizing Equal Pay Day in the county and would have “urged the citizens of Prince William County to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force.” They felt, in part, that any discussion of a gender pay gap was a “political” issue, not fully based in fact.
Voting to approve the proclamation were Supervisors Martin Nohe (Coles District), John Jenkins(Neabsco District), Maureen Caddigan (Potomac District) and Frank Principi (Woodbridge District) who also sponsored the proclamation. They understand that Pay inequality isn’t just a women’s issue; it is a family issue. Recent research has found that 50 percent of households with children include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.
You can hear what they had to say at the board meeting about equal pay for women at http://pwcgov.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=23&clip_id=2320, starting at eight minutes into the video.