Locals Gather Prior to Equal Pay Day - Palm Springs News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Locals Gather Prior to Equal Pay Day

Posted: Updated:
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Rancho Mirage, CA -

Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day, it serves as a reminder that women make less money each year than men do.
Sunday, Action for Societal Change  put on a Woman in Action program ahead of the day.
"Equal pay for equal work, it really is a no brainer," said Carlynne McDonnell the founder of Action for Societal Change.
Equal Pay Day is recognized on April 4th this year. The date symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work to earn what a man earned the previous year.
According to National Partnership, women make seventy nine cents to every male dollar amounting to 10, 470 dollars each annually.
Women in Action took place on Sunday in Rancho Mirage, the event organizer says women face more discrimination than just pay. 
"A lot of the issues facing women are much greater than equal pay. Women are hurting in this country, hurting in ways like domestic violence, trafficking, sexual assault, rape on campus is ridiculously high," said McDonnell.
That's why women from several local organizations shared information with those who attended the event.
"I particularly work in the eastern Coachella Valley and when we're talking about access, whether its access to healthcare, access to education or even access to a job, there's a challenge of transportation. Just basically how am I going get there and how can i navigate in my community feeling safe as a woman?" explained Silvia Paz of Building Healthy Communities Coachella Valley.
"So today, I'm really here to set the stage and share a little bit of our statistics about Coachella women and girls and how many are living in poverty. Its about 50 percent, living under 200 percent of the poverty line are really are disadvantaged," said Dr. Jenna Lecomete-Hinely, CEO of HARC (Health Assessment and Research for Communities).
The Deputy State Director of Senator Kamala Harris' office also spoke at the event.
"The senator promises to fight everyday, even when its hard, even when its outnumbered, even when its easier to give up. But she can't do it without you, so stand together for what you know is right. She's been telling women across the state that leaders you elect have to listen," said Heather Hutt.
"From my understanding, women here are going to have a harder time with the changes, so we can all just try to make something change," said Anna Bougas, an Indio resident.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cathedral City

    Unsolved Candy Cane Lane Shooting Haunts Mother

    Unsolved Candy Cane Lane Shooting Haunts Mother

    Friday, November 17 2017 10:32 PM EST2017-11-18 03:32:48 GMT

    This should be a happy time of year for Roxanne, she has a beautiful baby girl, a boyfriend she loves, but this time of year brings back horrible memories.  "I woke up to no David, no baby it was horrible, it was the most horrible thing I could ever experience," she says. On December 19, 2015, Roxanne was days away from giving birth to her first child, a baby boy. She and her then boyfriend 38-year-old David Chavez, did what many do during the holidays, went for a dri...

    This should be a happy time of year for Roxanne, she has a beautiful baby girl, a boyfriend she loves, but this time of year brings back horrible memories.  "I woke up to no David, no baby it was horrible, it was the most horrible thing I could ever experience," she says. On December 19, 2015, Roxanne was days away from giving birth to her first child, a baby boy. She and her then boyfriend 38-year-old David Chavez, did what many do during the holidays, went for a dri...

  • Man Accused in Decades-Old Desert Hot Springs Murder of Teen in Custody

    Man Accused in Decades-Old Desert Hot Springs Murder of Teen in Custody

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-18 04:55:23 GMT

    A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors...

    A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors...

  • Bermuda Dunes

    Local Gun Supporter Destroys AR-15

    Local Gun Supporter Destroys AR-15

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:14 PM EST2017-11-17 19:14:17 GMT
    Chad Vachter has always loved guns. "I think everyone has a right to defend their home, their way of life," he said. Vachter has been a supporter of The Second Amendment since he was young. "I first got into guns when I was a kid hunting with my father," he added. Related: Gun Safety Saves Lives During Holidays Among his prized weapons is an AR-15, but not anymore. Vachter decided to destroy his AR-15 with a sledge hammer. Blow by blow, the semi-au...
    Chad Vachter has always loved guns. "I think everyone has a right to defend their home, their way of life," he said. Vachter has been a supporter of The Second Amendment since he was young. "I first got into guns when I was a kid hunting with my father," he added. Related: Gun Safety Saves Lives During Holidays Among his prized weapons is an AR-15, but not anymore. Vachter decided to destroy his AR-15 with a sledge hammer. Blow by blow, the semi-au...
Powered by Frankly