Pictured above: Katie Donovan, Co-President of AAUM-MA, Laurie Dalton White, Conference Director, MA Conference for Women,
Jill Ashton, Chair of Equal Pay Coalition and Director of Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women,
Kristin W. Shirahama, WBA President, Sasha Goodfriend, Co-President of Mass NOW.
December 8, 2016 - The WBA is thrilled that the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition, founded by the WBA and Mass NOW in 2014, was honored with the Be the Change Award at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women which was held on December 8, 2016. Kristin Shirahama, WBA President, Jill Ashton, Chair of the Equal Pay Coalition and Director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Sasha Goodfriend, Co-President of Mass NOW, and Katie Donovan, Co-President of AAUW-MA, represented the Coalition in accepting the award.
The Coalition was recognized for its work in drafting and advocating for the Massachusetts Equal Pay Bill which passed the Senate and House unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Baker on August 1, 2016. To achieve this unprecedented policy, the Coalition drafted a bill that balanced the needs of women employees and employers, included clauses that regarding legal process and the hiring process, and combined well-established as well as groundbreaking legal solutions. The resulting law addresses the approximate 18% pay gap women in Massachusetts and their families have been experiencing for more than a decade. The impact of the new law will be even greater for women of color and their families who have been experiencing a 34% pay gap.
The Coalition plans to focus on educating businesses and the public about the new law and working with the regulatory agencies on implementation of the new law. The new law takes effect in 2018.
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