Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the equal, if not main, breadwinner in four out of ten families. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2010, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 23 percent. Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio.
Whether a woman works outside the home or is a stay-at-home mother, “she works hard for the money.”
In a statement, Valerie Jarrett, chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said:
The Obama Administration has been focused on addressing the challenges faced by women and girls from day one because we know that the success of women and girls is vital to winning the future. Today's report not only serves as a look back on American women's lives, but serves as a guidepost to help us move forward.
A Ghanaian proverb says, “Until the lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Some fierce sisters are gathering TODAY to tell the story of the black vote in the 2010 midterm elections and the impact of the new political landscape on issues of importance to African American women and families.
The briefing will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the National Council of Negro Women Headquarters, 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.
I will serve as the moderator. So “if you hear any noise, it ain’t the boys, it’s ladies night.”
The sisters were determined to tell our story in real time with field reports from black women who were leading nonpartisan GOTV efforts and monitoring the polls.
And the story is, black voters turned out. Exit polls show African American voters represented 10 percent of the electorate, virtually unchanged from 2006. If the past is prologue, black women represented a disproportionate share of the black electorate.
To be sure, Democrats were hoping for a presidential year surge in black voters but they have to ask themselves: What did they do to make it happen? Where were the resources to mobilize black voters? A last-minute black media spend is not a GOTV plan.
An intergenerational group of black women will rock the house that Dr. Dorothy I. Height built when they gather for the Power of the Sister Vote post-election briefing. They will discuss black voter turnout, how women candidates fared in congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races. They will share their views and outlook on what impact the new political landscape will have on issues of importance to women and families.
The panelists are:
Barbara Arnwine, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
Chanelle Hardy, Esq., Senior Vice President & Executive Director, National Urban League Policy Institute
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
Carol Joyner, Consultant, Labor Project for Working Families
Illai Kenney, Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, Howard University
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus
Laura Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
Dr. Elsie Scott, President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Facilitator, National African American Clergy Network
I have the distinct honor of moderating the discussion.
The briefing will be held on Wednesday, November 17, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., at the National Council of Negro Women Headquarters, 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.