Women of Color and Women’s Rights Activists Gather to Advance New Economic Agenda for Women

For Immediate Release

Women of Color and Women’s Rights Activists Gather to Advance New Economic Agenda for Women

U.S. Sec. of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Rep. Gwen Moore, and the State’s Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby to Join 1,000+ Local Activists From Across the Country Sept 19-20 for National Summit to Amplify the Power of Women of Color and Low-Income Women

National Harbor, Md. - Beginning today, more than 1,000 women will gather for a groundbreaking summit to call for a comprehensive economic agenda for women of color and low-income women. The summit will be hosted by We Won’t Wait, a national, nonpartisan, multiracial campaign to ensure that issues affecting women of color and low-income women are fully represented in 2016.

We Won’t Wait’s summit will feature an economic security agenda meant to address the fact that women’s economic well-being doesn’t hinge on any single issue but rather the intersection of several. Topics include: elder care, child care, paid sick days, equal pay, immigration, criminal justice reform, gun violence, reproductive justice, and access to health care.

Who: Over 1,000 women of color, low-income women, and women’s rights activists from across the country. The summit is hosted by We Won’t Wait, a coalition of nine national groups representing millions of members. Groups hosting: the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Make It Work, Caring Across Generations, Family Values @ Work, Forward Together/Strong Families, Ms. Foundation For Women, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), MomsRising, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation/Black Women’s Roundtable. Speakers include:

●      U.S. Sec. of Labor Thomas E. Perez

●      Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI 4th District)

●      Georgia State Representative Park Cannon

●      Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore

●      Ai-jen Poo, Founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

●      Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance

●      Everytown for Gun Safety Chief Strategy Officer Brina Milikowsky

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●      Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com

●      Heather McGhee, President of Demos

What: A national summit on a comprehensive economic agenda for women of color and low-income women. The summit is hosted by We Won’t Wait, a national coalition of organizations working to amplify the voices of women of color and low-income women in this important election year.

When: 9am-5pm, Monday September 19 - Tuesday September 20, 2016

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland

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We Won’t Wait is a national, nonpartisan, multiracial campaign representing and advocating for the economic agenda of women of color and low-income women. Participating organizations include: the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Make It Work, Caring Across Generations, Family Values @ Work, Forward Together/Strong Families, Ms. Foundation For Women, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), MomsRising, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation/Black Women’s Roundtable.

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