AAUW of Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Lobby Day
Richmond VA January 16, 2018
Woodbridge Branch Public Policy Chair Sandy Lawrence and 20 other members of AAUW of VA went to Richmond and hand-deliver our booklet “Unfinished Business” to every delegate and senator – 139 offices in all! This is a big deal! We made our voices and our position on ERA heard today. Members met several of our representatives.
We had a great time at our Hoiliday dinner and we raised $100.00 for the AAUW Economic Security Fund. TO see pictures go Here
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.