Recap: Closing the Gender Wealth Gap Forum – Catalyzing Change in the Labor Movement

On March 19th, WOMEN’S WAY hosted Closing the Gender Wealth Gap Forum: Catalyzing Change in the Labor Movement to explore how building worker power through organizing can improve wages, benefits, and overall stability, and help close the gender wealth gap. Key topics discussed during the event included the historical context of women and gender-expansive folks in labor organizing, efforts to strengthen workers’ rights, experiences with power and strategies for building it, non-traditional organizing efforts, labor law, and an exploration of what a dignified workplace feels/looks like.

“If we can foster empowerment and solidarity amongst all workers, including undocumented workers, incarcerated workers, workers with disabilities, and others typically left out of federal protections, we can create an economy that distributes power, protection, and resources to all members of society.” – Kelly Sheard, Director of GWI

Many thanks to our amazing panelists and moderator who joined us for this session:

  • Michael Robinson – Director, Community Outreach & Hiring – Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative
  • Brittany Alston – Executive Director, Philly Black Worker Project
  • Kelley Burnett – Owner, K.I.D.S; Member of Child Care Providers United – PA
  • Candace Chewning – Deputy Director for the Philadelphia Department of Labor and Director of the Office of Worker Protections
  • Aurora Muñoz – Organizing Manager for the National Domestic Workers Alliance – PA Chapter

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of our Bronze Sponsor, Comcast NBCUniversal.


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