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Michelle Williams, who has seen firsthand the disparity in men and women's pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. The Oscar nominee attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how far a woman has to work into the year to make what a man made in the previous year. The actress called on people to imagine a world where women don't have to spend energy fighting for fair pay.
Empowered with a record 55 members on Capitol Hill, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus has teamed up with a coalition of Civil Rights groups to mobilize African- Americans across the country behind a progressive legislative agenda to write a new chapter of American History that is now being led by women and people of color. When she was sworn in as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep.
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence hosted a free community town hall called, “The State of Black America” Friday at Wayne State University, as she welcomed members of the Congressional Black Caucus to Michigan. The event was held inside the university’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center and special guests included Congresswoman Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as other members of the caucus, which was formed in 1971. Prior to that, the “Young Gifted and Black: Millennial Women Take Their Seat at the Table” luncheon was held.
House Democratic women, armed with more numbers and the power of the majority, are getting organized, switching their working group to a more formal caucus and launching a political action committee to help further grow their ranks. The Democratic Women’s Caucus is the new name of the Democratic Women’s Working Group. Open to all 91 House Democratic women, the caucus will be led by an expanded leadership team of three co-chairs and two vice chairs.
Democratic Women’s Caucus led by Co-Chairs Reps. Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, and Jackie Speier, were joined by Speaker Pelosi, actor Michelle Williams, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro to host a press conference marking Equal Pay Day and celebrating last week’s passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
As Women’s History Month drew to a close last week, Congress introduced bipartisan bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to establish a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history. “The US needs and deserves a comprehensive women’s history museum that will inspire men and women of all ages and for future generations,” said representative Carolyn Maloney, a democrat from New York, in a statement. “For too long, women who have made extraordinary contributions to our nation have been left out of the telling of our history.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., was elected last week to serve as one of the co-chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), formerly the Democratic Women’s Working Group, a caucus of more than 90 congresswomen. Frankel, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., will lead the DWC as co-chairs while U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Tex., and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, will serve as the vice chairs.
Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s a month to reflect on and celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of women to our nation. As the first Republican woman to represent Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, I feel so blessed to serve alongside 105 other women, the most women to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. I am also fortunate to live in and represent the state of Arizona, which has been leading the way for women for 107 years. In Congress, I was elected to serve as the Republican chairwoman of the Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus.
Late Thursday afternoon, the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), formerly the Democratic Women’s Working Group, announced the results of their leadership elections for the 116th Congress. Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) will serve as Co-Chairs and Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) will serve as Vice Chairs.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I decided to reach out to some trailblazing women from business, politics and academia to ask who their role models were. The answers from these women with strong ties to Michigan proved as interesting and diverse as they were. Patti Poppe, president & CEO of Consumers Energy, is one of the most high-profile executives in Michigan. She mentioned a former boss and also her mother, Mary A. Kessler, as inspiring her. Anne Doyle, former TV broadcaster, Ford executive, Auburn Hills city councilwoman, and now host of Powering Up!