These are uncertain times. We find our friends, our neighbors, and even ourselves asking the same question, "What's next?" Our answer is action. By coming together each day to focus on a single task, we can make our communities better for the women and girls who live in them.
Join us to create lasting change in #our100days
SHORTEN THE ROAD TO EQUAL PAY
According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), if the earnings of men and women continue to change at their current pace, the gender wage gap in the United States will not close until 2059.
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Based on the IWPR report, the gender wage gap will not close in Maryland until 2043, followed by DC in 2055, and Virginia in 2075. A girl born in the U.S. in 2017 has a life expectancy of 87 years, which means that another entire generation of girls will face a wage gap.
The National Women’s Law Center also examined innovative and promising practices that employers are taking to close the gap. Read both studies and using #our100days share your thoughts and surprising statistics to your network.
Last week, media coverage spiked regarding the number of girls of color who have gone missing in DC recently after #MissingDCGirls went viral. Despite some misinformation about the number of missing girls and the timing of their disappearances, #MissingDCGirls did raise awareness about a critically important issue that otherwise receives little attention. This Vox article does a great job of explaining the complexity of the situation. Regardless of the circumstances that cause girls to leave home, runaway youth are at an increased risk for exploitation and trafficking. Please take a moment to learn more about several local organizations working to end the exploitation of girls in our community—Courtney’s House, FAIR Girls, and the Amara Legal Center—and how you can help advance their missions. Additionally, take a moment to learn more about the Black and Missing Foundation, which is an organization that seeks to raise awareness, provide resources, and educate communities about missing persons of color.
Help Change The
Odds for Girls
We just partnered with ELOQUII, the body positive brand that's taking the fashion world by storm. They recently opened their first the brand's first ever brick-and-mortar location at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.
Visit us at ELOQUII at at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City today (March 25th) to shop, sip and enjoy small bites from 1 - 4pm while supplies last. 10% of the proceeds from the day's sales will go to The Women's Foundation.
Only 6.7% of women graduate with #STEM degrees. For this reason, Microsoft recently launched a campaign to inspire young women and girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers."What if she could be the one to find the cure, crack the code, or invent something that has the potential to save lives?" they ask in their latest campaign #MakeWhatsNext.
When we encourage girls to pursue STEM, we double the potential to solve problems. If she stays in STEM. Help a girl save the world today by encouraging her to look into various STEM programs like Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, Girls Inc.'s Operation SMART, and more and watch Microsoft's latest ad.