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Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Altman discusses Equal Pay on WLRN

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Women’s Fund Of Miami-Dade Wants To Create Structural Change Around Pay Equity
By NADEGE GREEN

Women’s Fund of Miami will shift its focus to creating pay equity in Miami-Dade.

Women in Miami-Dade earn 87 cents for every dollar a man makes. One in five women in Miami-Dade lives in poverty. The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade wants to change that. The 25-year old nonprofit with a specific focus on improving the lives of girls and women is shifting its focus to create structural change when it comes to pay equity…

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Mayor Carlos Gimenez Endorses Equal Pay Miami-dade Campaign

MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ ENDORSES EQUAL PAY MIAMI-DADE CAMPAIGN

Miami-Dade County asks business leaders to make pay equity a priority

MIAMI (August 25, 2017)  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has endorsed the Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign launched by The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade in July 2017.  Mayor Gimenez names pay equity as a priority issue for the County, recognizes it as essential to Miami-Dade’s economic growth, and asks business leaders to join his efforts to close the wage gap. One in five women in Miami-Dade County lives in poverty. But the poverty rate among these women would drop by 57 percent if equal pay existed today.

“I’m proud to stand for equal pay, and I recognize its ability to improve conditions for many Miami-Dade families. That is why I am acting to make our County the best place for women, and all Miamians, to work and live,” says Mayor Gimenez.   

In comments directed specifically to business leaders, Mayor Gimenez says, “Help Miami-Dade County and our partner, The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, effect social change for women through our campaign, Equal Pay Miami-Dade.”

A multi-year, collaborative campaign involving specific, measurable actions designed to create long-term systemic change, Equal Pay Miami-Dade has the potential to positively impact a wide range of issues affecting women in poverty, including affordable housing, childcare, transportation, and healthcare.  

“We are grateful to Mayor Gimenez for his support of the Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign and for his commitment to cut poverty in half for women in this community,” says The Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Kyle Altman. “To have the County’s support so early in our campaign is a signal of the importance of this issue. We invite all business leaders to join the Mayor and other leaders who have already shown their support by signing the Equal Pay Pledge.”

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in getting involved in Equal Pay Miami-Dade can visit www.EqualPayMiamiDade.org.

It was also announced by Mayor Gimenez that The Women’s Fund has been chosen to collaborate with the Mayor’s Office and The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to implement the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact.  The Compact seeks to engage businesses to commit to pay equity, and report where they stand on implementing equal pay.

Early private sector commitments to equal pay have come from Kaufman Rossin, Her Company Inc., Barbara Jean Raskin, CPA, The Spinnaker Group, All-In-One Mailshop, The New Tropic, Studio Two Branding Agency, LLC, Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, The Miami Group, and Modern Women.

In addition to the Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor, community collaborators include FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, Catalyst Miami, Center for Social Change, League of Women Voters, YWCA, Pumps, Pearls and Portfolios, Majestic’s Youth & Arts Academy and The Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

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WHY EQUAL PAY

  • Communities that support gender pay equity are likely to experience less strain on health resources, better educational outcomes, an increase in public sector resources given that less will be spent on programs for the poor, enhanced household incomes and greater competitiveness in the global economy.
  • Companies that enact gender pay equity are likely to experience higher employee retention, access to a larger and more skilled talent pool, an increase in productivity associated with higher employee morale, greater customer loyalty and an enhanced corporate reputation.
  • Individuals that support gender pay equity can positively impact a wide range of social issues through this one effort, affect change in the direction of our country, and improve the quality of life for their mom, sister, best friend, daughter, or aunt who may be working hard but still living in poverty.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S FUND MIAMI-DADE

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade exists to create a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity and influence. We believe that Miami-Dade County can be a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity, and influence. That is our vision, and we work every day to make it our reality.  We know that, when we invest in women, we are investing in the prosperity and the future of our community. For more information, please visit womensfundmiami.org.

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Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade

Please read below the full text of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez endorsement of the Women’s Fund Pay Equity Movement.


CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, MAYOR
Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida

August 23, 2017

Dear Miami-Dade Business Leaders:

Since I took office, I have listened and learned about the importance of pay equity and promoting equality in our County’s workplaces. I have made changes to reflect my commitment to the issue, including hiring and promoting women to executive positions in the County. My outstanding team reflects the power of this commitment to equality.

I’m proud to stand for equal pay, and I recognize its ability to improve conditions for many Miami-Dade families. That is why I am acting to make our County the best place for women, and all Miamians, to work and live.

Pay Equity is a priority issue for the County and essential to Miami-Dade’s economic growth. Women make up over 51 percent of the County’s residents, but 20 percent of women in Miami-Dade County are living in poverty. Pay equity can make a significant impact on those poverty rates, yet women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar a man makes for equal work. This is unacceptable.

Therefore, my office is fully supporting and endorsing the efforts of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade to reduce the wage gap in Miami-Dade County. The Women’s Fund has been chosen to collaborate with my office and The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to implement the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact.

The Compact seeks to engage businesses to commit to pay equity, and report where they stand on implementing equal pay. To that end, we support the efforts of The Women’s Fund and The Commission for Women to educate the community about the issue and help businesses become equal-pay employers.

For those of you who have already signed the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact, I congratulate you, and urge you to help others to follow you. For those businesses that have not yet joined us, I urge you to sign the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact. Help Miami-Dade County and our partner, The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, effect social change for women through our campaign, Equal Pay Miami-Dade.

I look forward to meeting with our Compact members soon to discuss where we stand on this issue, and identify work we can do together to take this movement forward.
Sincerely,

Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Women’s Fund Letter-Mayor Gimenez_(PDF)

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The New Tropic – Equal Pay Miami-Dade

Women in Miami make 87 cents for every dollar a man makes. Fight back.

Today the average woman with a graduate degree makes 87 cents for every dollar a man makes despite a decades-long quest for equal pay. One in every five women in Miami-Dade are living in poverty conditions and could be lifted above that if they were simply paid as much as men doing the same jobs.

So it seemed obvious to The Women’s Fund that if they wanted to fight poverty, they had to fight the pay gap too. That’s how Equal Pay Miami-Dade got started. By 2020, they hope to cut the pay gap in half.

 

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What Can I Do?

Our goal is to make sure every woman in Miami-Dade County is paid fairly — women doing the same jobs as men should be paid equally.

We’re looking for leading organizations to join us in a compact to bring pay equity to every workplace.

Signing the Compact gives employers the opportunity to be part of a diverse group of companies – large and small, for-profit and nonprofit – leading the way toward gender pay equity.

Join Us – Sign the Compact