Jack Layton / reduce violence against women…legacy.

Jack Layton / reduce violence against women…legacy.

Jack Layton was a Canadian politician who co-founded the White Ribbon Campaign: Working to End Violence Against Women. It now operates in more than sixty countries.

Layton believed so strongly in the cause that in 1992: Layton offered to put his house up as collateral for a loan to provide financial assistance to the White Ribbon Campaign.

WE fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment need to show the same focus and long term investment in the cause for all people in our country. Everyone benefits when women get equal pay. I am happy for the people such as Layton who came before me, allowing me to use the platform I have as an artist to continue to fight for women’s rights.

Recently Random House has put out a book, have a look at the review here …

Hope is Better than Fear, by Various (Random House of Canada, 2011; $6.99);

Paying Jack Layton Forward book

Also feel free to check out another written memorial. One Spark Remembers

Please DO send me any suggestions you may have for similar voices of feminism.

#MarchForERA #NatalieWhiteFeminist



John Brendan Guinan / Activist Artist Born

John Brendan Guinan / Activist Artist Born

John Brendan Guinan is a Washington, D.C based contemporary artist. His paintings are deeply personal & raw, most notably the solo exhibition at the Artery Gallery in New York ‘The Art of Mourning’, chronicling the decline in health and eventual passing of his father, social justice activist John Edward.
John recently opened the Guinean Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in D.C, his work can be viewed at http://www.johnbrendanguinan.com, on Facebook and Instagram.

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ERA Coalition: The PSA Project

ERA Coalition: The PSA Project

This summer, The ERA coalition, led by Donna Deitch, Jessica Neuwirth and Jane Fonda are launching a series of 60-second PSAs showcasing the importance of the ERA.

Modern television icon, Laverne Cox of Orange Is The New Black, will be starring in The PSA Project. She has become a leading face in the recent trans rights movement after being the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine. Her candid, graceful, open and honest demeanour give a continuous source of hope and inspiration for countless trans people across the world who either feel like they don’t belong or are struggling to love themselves. Her voice also holds significant value as a feminist for creating open dialogue about intersectionality and gender identity.


Another Orange Is The New Black star, Taylor Schilling has been a supporting member of the ERA coalition for quite some time. She also lends her support to the the Time For Change foundation, as well as using her platform to speak up about the importance of Black Lives Matter.

“There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience … If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence.”

-Laverne Cox, ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’ by Katy Steinmetz, TIME Magazine (May 2014)

“Gender equality isn’t just about women. It’s about a world with equal opportunity for all. I support #ERANow’

– Taylor Schilling for ‘Equal Means Equal’ (June 2015)

“Feminism often has a negative connotation, and I am always working towards changing that mindset.” JF

“You want it to be about men as well. It should be about the whole species.” LT

-Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin by Sasha Bronner, Huffington Post (May 2015)

Read Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth

More info on The PSA Project HERE

Laverne Cox. Image Via: lavernecox.com


Taylor Schilling. Image Via: Prakash Shroff for Getty Images
Premiere Of Netflix's "Grace And Frankie" - Red Carpet
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 29: Actors Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda attend the premiere of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth

ERA Coalition Members

ERA Coalition Members
Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, political commentator and activist. His PBS Show Tavis Smiley covers a range of political issues and movements such as Black Lives Matter and Pro-Choice. In 1999 he founded The Tavis Smiley Foundation, which was created to empower develop leadership programs for youth.

Representative Jackie Speier

Rep. Jackie Speier is U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district. She is an avid supporter of the ERA, member of The Feminist Majority and tirelessly campaigns for the ratification deadline to be removed from the ERA.

Lynn Nottage

Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Tony & Grammy winning actor most recognizable for her role in HBO’s Sex & The City. She is an outspoken feminist, pro-choice & LGBTQ+ activist. Nixon was a staunch advocate for the marriage equality movement who famously announced her engagement at an equality rally in New York in 2009 to now-wife Christine Marinoni.

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage is a Playwright who’s work deals with heavy hitting social issues. Pulitzer prize winning Ruined deals with issues of rape, sexual slavery and the plight of women in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark was an Off-Broadway play that chronicled the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid who becomes a star Off-Broadway.

Lynn Nottage

Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian, actress and television personality who rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s and went on to host The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 – 2002. She came out soon before the show ended to bring attention to issues involving adoption for gay couples and has since gone on to become a foster and adoptive mother.

ERA Coalition Members

ERA Coalition Members
Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti is an Academy Award winning actress and activist. She is an advisory council member on the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality.

Catherine A MacKinnon

Catharine A McKinnon is a feminist, social activist, lawyer and teacher. She is famously known for establishing the legal claim that sexual harassment is sex discrimination AND having the Supreme Court side with her in 1986. From 2008-2012 she served as the special gender adviser at The Hague’s International Criminal Court, the first position of its kind.

Representative Carolyn Maloney

Rep. Carolyn Maloney is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district. Her work on amending a foreign aid bill helped secure $60 million in funding for Afghan women and girls. She is also the chief House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Mary McCormack

Mary McCormack is an actress known for her work on The West Wing. She uses her various platforms to speak up about various social issues that are currently gripping the nation, such as the HB1523 bill and police brutality.

Senator Robert MenendezRobert Menendez is a U.S Senator from New Jersey. He has been outspoken about the pay-gap in America  and was endorsed as ‘preferred by The Feminist Majority for being pro-woman’s rights.

Robin Morgan

Robin Morgan is a poet, activist and political theorist. She has been an important figure in the feminist movement since the early 1960s. She participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and was a founding member of the New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H.  in 2005, she co-founded the Women’s Media Centre with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda

ERA Coalition Members

ERA Coalition Members
Agnes Gund

Agnes Gund is an art dealer and philanthropist. She is also the chairperson of MoMa PS1. Gund is renowned for her humility and generosity. When asked by Vanity Fair what inspired her to get into philanthropy she responded with “Guilt, Because I had money. I felt I had to do something with it that wasn’t just for living well.”

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is a comedian and actress. She is outspoken on many feminist issues, such as the pay gap, abortion and censorship. She was the recipient of the 2009 Ally For Equality award from the Human Rights Commission for her dedication to bettering the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan is an actress known for her role on How I Met Your Mother and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She supports the ERA Coalition as well as Equality Now.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her advocacy work for women and immigrants. She is a champion of intersectional feminism and ethnic diversity.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is a Tony Award winning playwright and actress. She was commissioned by Equality Now to write and perform a project Women Can’t Wait! to highlight discriminatory laws against women.



The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016) http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/
You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities?

AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 79 percent statistic. The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.

The Big Number: 79 Percent

Did you know that in 2014, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent? The gap has narrowed since the 1970s (Figure 1), due largely to women’s progress in education and workforce participation and to men’s wages rising at a slower rate. But progress has stalled in recent years, and the pay gap does not appear likely to go away on its own.

Location, Location, Location: Pay Gap by State
Not only is there a national pay gap statistic, the pay gap can also be calculated for each state (Figure 2). According to data from the American Community Survey, in 2014 the pay gap was smallest in Washington, D.C., where women were paid 90 percent of what men were paid, and largest in Louisiana, where women were paid 65 percent of what men were paid.

The Pay Gap Is Worse for Women of Color
The pay gap affects women from all backgrounds, at all ages, and of all levels of educational achievement, although earnings and the gap vary depending on a woman’s individual situation.
Among full-time workers in 2014, Hispanic, African American, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women had lower median annual earnings compared with non-Hispanic white and Asian American women. But within racial/ethnic groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women experienced a smaller gender pay gap compared with men in the same group than did non-Hispanic white and Asian American women.

A Closer Look at the Numbers by Race
Using a single benchmark provides a more informative picture. Because non-Hispanic white men are the largest demographic group in the labor force, they are often used for that purpose.

Compared with salary information for white male workers, Asian American women’s salaries show the smallest gender pay gap, at 90 percent of white men’s earnings. The gap was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who were paid only 54 percent of what white men were paid in 2014 (Figure 4). The smaller gender pay gap among African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Native Hawaiians is due solely to the fact that those men of color were paid substantially less than non-Hispanic white men in 2014.

Age Is More than Just a Number
Earnings for both female and male full-time workers tend to increase with age, with a plateau after 45 and a drop after age 65. The gender pay gap also grows with age, and differences among older workers are considerably larger than gaps among younger workers. Women typically earn about 90 percent of what men are paid until they hit 35. After that median earnings for women are typically 76–81 percent of what men are paid.

Education Is Not an Effective Pay Gap Solution
As a rule, earnings increase as years of education increase for both men and women. However, while more education is a useful tool for increasing earnings, it is not effective against the gender pay gap. At every level of academic achievement, women’s median earnings are less than men’s median earnings, and in some cases, the gender pay gap is larger at higher levels of education. Education improves earnings for women of all races and ethnicities, but earnings are affected by race and ethnicity as well as gender. White women are paid more than African American and Hispanic women at all education levels.

Student Debt, Race, and the Pay Gap
The gender pay gap persists across educational levels and is worse for African American and Hispanic women, even among college graduates. As a result, women who complete college degrees are less able to pay off their student loans promptly, leaving them paying more and for a longer time than men.

Despite the gains women have made in the workforce, the pay gap persists. Individuals in the workforce, community, and government have the ability to help chip away at the pay gap.

Here are changes that can help close the wage gap.
For companies
While some CEOs have been vocal in their commitment to paying workers fairly, American women can’t wait for trickle-down change. AAUW urges companies to conduct salary audits to proactively monitor and address gender-based pay differences. It’s just good business.

For individuals
Women can learn strategies to better negotiate for equal pay. AAUW’s salary negotiation workshops help empower women to advocate for themselves when it comes to salary, benefits, and promotions. In Boston or Washington, D.C.? Read more about the free workshops in your area!

For policy makers
The Paycheck Fairness Act would improve the scope of the Equal Pay Act, which hasn’t been updated since 1963, with stronger incentives for employers to follow the law, enhance federal enforcement efforts, and prohibit retaliation against workers asking about wage practices. Tell the Congress to take action for equal pay. or The Equal Rights Amendment can finally be activated. #MarchForERA

Learn more about what you can do to fight the pay gap by reading The Simple Truth and by taking action at http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/.

Author: Catherine Hill, Ph.D. http://www.aauw.org/author/catherinehill/