Hello Equal Pay Day Supporters and Partners,
Yesterday's national Equal Pay Day was amazing is helping to spread the word about the importance of pay equity for women. But our work in Mississippi continues as our state is the only one in the nation without Equal Pay legislation that protects ALL women. MS-BWR is hosting an Equal Pay Week of Action and we're inviting you to be a co-sponsor in our efforts and help raise awareness.
Thank you in advance to everyone who will observe this Week of Action with us through Friday, April 3, 2020.
In the work,

Cassandra Welchlin
MS-BWR Lead organizer/Co-convenor

Week of Action Toolkit

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April 1, 2020
Telling our Stories: Please complete this brief survey about your experiences as a woman in the workforce. Share this survey with women in your network. https://www.votervoice.net/MSBWR/Surveys/5962/Respond#/?page=respond

April 2, 2020
Opt-In to our "Text & Engage Network" today. We want to get connected via text messages so we can continue our movement building across all channels. Encourage your members to text "Engage" to 50457 and they will receive the response text thanking them for signing up and directing them to the MS-BWR's registration page.  

April 3, 2020
Virtual Happy Hour: Today from 4-5 p.m. we're encouraging supporters to tag Mississippi women who inspire them to fight for Equal Pay in Mississippi. Show us those hard-working, unsung heroes who we're fighting for in this Equal Pay battle."I am inspired by ..............to fight for Equal Pay in Mississippi"

April 3, 2020
Sample Tweets to use this Week of Action

Over a 40-year span, a Black woman in MS stands to lose $849,480 to the wage gap. The typical Black woman starting work at age 20 would have to work until age 91 to catch up to white, non-Hispanic men’s career earnings by age 60. #EqualPayNOWMS

Black women working full-time, year-round in MS are paid just 56 cents
for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. This gaps persist across education
levels and occupation. #EqualPayNOWMS

Black women in Mississippi typically have to earn a professional
degree beyond a bachelor’s degree to make slightly more than white, non-Hispanic men with an associate’s degree. #EqualPayNOWMS

MS is the only state in the country without Equal Pay Protections. MS needs Equal Pay Now #EqualPayNOWMS
Employers who set new hires’ pay based on their prior salary are 
🗣️ perpetuating 
🗣️ pay
🗣️ discrimination!
Pay discrimination puts some families & communities at an unfair disadvantage, especially in times of crisis. #COVID19 #HealtheirWithFairPay #EqualPayNOWMS

Setting pay based on a worker's previous income allows pay discrimination to follow them from job to job. We need fair pay so underpaid workers & their families can get through crises without their safety & well-being being at risk #HealthierWithFairPay #EqualPayWeekOfAction

Basing someone’s new pay on their prior income allows pay discrimination to follow women of color from job to job. We need fair pay to help ALL families & communities weather crises like #COVID19. 
So STOP ASKING! #HealthierWithFairPay #equalpayweekofaction #EqualPayNowMS

Over a 40-year career, a Black woman in Mississippi stands to lose $849,480 to the
wage gap. We MUST change that. #EqualPayWeekOfAction #EqualPayNOW #EqualPayMS

A single mother earning the median income ($26,305) has to spend nearly forty percent of her income to pay for center child care for an infant and a four-year-old. The pay gap for women makes it harder to provide the basics. #EqualPayWeekOfAction #EqualPayNOW #EqualPayMS

Cassandra Welchlin, LSW, MA-SID
MS-BWR Co-Convener/Lead Organizer
Founder of the MS Women's Economic Security Initiative (MWESI)

Phone:  (601) 487-1189
Twitter:  @cwelchlin | @msblackwomensr1
Facebook : msblackwomensroundtable