EDITORIAL: Mission Possible: Equal Pay For Women In Miami-Dade County

The Miami Herald

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) On Monday, the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade will launch a multi-year, collaborative advocacy campaign for a stubborn, enduring challenge — equal pay for equal work for women.

Miami

In Miami-Dade, there are many well-intended missions launched to help the poor and the vulnerable.

The local Women’s Fund is adding its muscle to the cause, embarking on a project that will truly make a difference in the lives of mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters in greater Miami.

For 25 years, the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has worked toward an honorable goal: to improve the quality of life for women and girls. The organization has generated millions of dollars for grassroots organizations that offer assistance to women and girls in need.

But after years of following this model, the organization couldn’t always quantify success, Janet Altman, Women’s Fund board chair, recently told the Editorial Board.

Today, 20 percent of women in Miami-Dade still live in poverty — about the same figure measured 13 years ago.

Those are the disturbing findings of The Status of Women in Florida, which gives Florida a D+ on the Poverty and Opportunity Composite Index for women. And Florida currently ranks 33rd out of the 50 states, plus D.C. in the same category. Disheartening indeed.

“Despite our efforts, there has been little measurable success,” Altman said. “When you look at the status of women in Miami-Dade little has changed in years.”

So out of that sense of failure — and reaching high for transformative change — the organization is shifting gears and becoming singularly focused.

Monday, the Women’s Fund will launch a multi-year, collaborative advocacy campaign for a stubborn, enduring challenge — equal pay for equal work for women in Miami-Dade. Women in Florida who work full time earn 85 cents to the dollar earned to men. In Miami-Dade, such women make 87 cents. The nationwide average is 78 cents to every dollar a man earns.

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