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)
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

Author: Catherine Hill, Ph.D.



#MarchForERA Supporter: Edy Blu

Edy Blu was born and raised in Virginia on a farm in Shenandoah Valley. She sings reggae, jazz, rock and folk. She recorded her debut EP, Heart Opener, in Fall 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Watch footage of her performance at 2640 Space in Baltimore HERE


Edy Blu (Erica Deskins) at Fat Tuesday's (backed by Stomp Status)


#MarchForERA Inspiration: Diane Arbus

#MarchForERA Inspiration: Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus (1923-1971)was one of the most famous and active photographers of her time, with work spanning from the 1950s up until her death in 1971. Arbus shot in black and white film, and took pictures of people who were considered social outcasts, such as transgender people, circus performers, and nudists.

Arbus is widely know for her influence on Sally Mann’s photography, among other artists, and her younger daughter, Amy is an accomplished photographer like her mother.  A year after her death, she was the first artist to be featured in the Venice Biennale.

While critics often tried to focus on her suicide, her images projected a sense of surrealism like no other that still hold true today. A 2004 Smithsonian Magazine describes her work as the following:

“Today Arbus, who once said her pictures sought to capture “the space between who someone is and who they think they are,” has become one of America’s best-known photographers and one of its most controversial. But her achievements as an artist have been somewhat overshadowed by her suicide and by the disturbing strangeness that wells up out of her pictures. Famous as a “photographer of freaks,” she has been regarded as something of a freak herself.”

20 of Arbus’ photographs are permanently on display today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To me, she remains one of the great and adventurous heroines of photography, lightyears beyond her time. A feminist in action.

See the article here written by Holland Cotter about the newly unearthed collection of images never seen before!®ion=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&_r=0


#MarchForERA Supporter: Valencia Mohammed

#MarchForERA Supporter: Valencia Mohammed


Valencia Mohammed is a community activist, chief strategist for the Leo Alexander for Mayor Campaign, and a writer for the Afro American Magazine. She has been writing for the magazine since 2010, covering a spectrum of stories from gentrification to the issue of marijuana. Valencia IS speaking at on 07/22/16 with us during the . WE are looking forward to the dialog.

Have a look at Valencia here!


July 13: Wooden Shoe Books & Records (Philadelphia)

July 13: Wooden Shoe Books & Records (Philadelphia)


If you’re ever in Philadelphia, make sure you check out Wooden Shoe Books and Records! They were fantastic hosts for our open forum last week. We had the privilege of meeting a wonderfully diverse group of young Philly feminists! We had just hit 100 miles of marching this day and arrived during a torrential downpour, but we still march rain or shine! Be sure to check out some videos from the open forum on Facebook Here and Here !