Equal Pay2019-04-04T10:54:32-04:00

Join the Movement for Equal Pay

The Women’s Fund and The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women are leading the charge for equal pay in Miami-Dade County. We’re gathering a team of collaborators who we’ll highlight as they join the fight. Together, we can make a real impact on poverty in our County by paying women fairly.
Our goal is to make sure every woman in Miami-Dade County is paid fairly — women doing the same work as men should be paid equally. We know that change can happen one organization at a time…and there’s no time to waste.

Signing the Compact gives employers the opportunity to be part of a diverse group of companies – large and small, for-profit and nonprofit – leading the way toward gender pay equity. Submit your information below to get started!

The Status of Women in Miami

The report, authored by the FIU Metropolitan Center’s Dr. Maria Ilcheva, is a result of legislation sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. In 2015, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The ordinance requires a report to be produced each year, providing a benchmark for measuring gender equity in the county. Read the full report (PDF).

Why Pay Equity?

One in five women in Miami-Dade County live in poverty – 20.5%, according to a recent study.

Because this single issue has the potential to positively impact a wider range of issues – affordable housing, childcare, transportation and more – we chose to target equal pay as a means to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Miami-Dade County.

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Equal Pay is Federal Law

Isn’t Equal Pay a Federal Law?

Having a law is one thing; enforcing it is another.  The Equal Pay Act of 1963, a federal law, was enacted “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”  It’s overseen by the EEOC, but here’s the rub: enforcement is reactive.  Issues don’t surface as part of a regular monitoring program, they surface when women file claims.

Putting the burden of complaining about wages onto employees creates a real problem: even if you’re paid unfairly, can you afford the risk of reporting your employer to the government?

What about at the state and county level?

Bills were introduced in the Florida House and Senate to create the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act in 2017; both bills died in committee.  Sponsors are committed to bringing the issue back in the future.

The Miami-Dade County Commission passed a resolution (No. R-433-16) last May, to create the Miami-Dade County Women’s Compact, which will engage the private sector in committing to close the gender pay gap.  The County Commission on Human Rights and the Commission for Women are working to get the program rolled out, including a website hosted by Miami-Dade County to gather data and commitments from employers.  The Women’s Fund is shining a light on the issue, educating the community, and celebrating employers who commit to equal pay.  We are collaborating with The Commission for Women to help the County program get a head start.

What Can I Do?

Our goal is to make sure every woman in Miami-Dade County is paid fairly — women doing the same jobs as men should be paid equally.

We’re looking for leading organizations to join us in a compact to bring pay equity to every workplace.
Signing the Compact gives employers the opportunity to be part of a diverse group of companies – large and small, for-profit and nonprofit – leading the way toward gender pay equity.

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Power of the Purse 2019 – Full Program

Thank you to all who joined us at a sold-out full-house Power of the Purse 2019! We look forward to creating change with you as we move forward to create a world where power and possibility are not limited by gender. Wishing you all wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day celebrations. #WOMENSTRONGWORLDSTRONG