On Pay Equity Day Tuesday, Suffolk County political leaders, a gender equity group and women will make a statement and launch a letter-writing campaign and petition.
They will call on U.S. Soccer to treat its U.S. women’s national team “fairly,” according a press advisory.
At a session at the Suffolk County Legislature in Smithtown, N.Y. this morning, they will announce details of their plans.
Among those expected to attend after the Gender Equity Group of Long Island, Suffolk majority leader Kara Hahn, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, Long Island Against Domestic Violence executive director Colleen Merlo, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County chair Donna Smeland, Suffolk County Human Rights Commission executive director Dawn Lott and Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition director Maggie Goldstein.
They also will be joined by local soccer coaches, athletes and soccer moms.
Also slated to attend are Suffolk Legislators Sarah Anker, Susan A. Berland and deputy presiding Officer Robert Calarco, Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Brookhaven Town Clerk Lauren Thoden, Deputy Town Clerk Brookhaven (representing Town Clerk Donna Lent) and Suffolk County Women’s Enterprise Coalition chairwoman Raffelina Cipriano, Chairwoman of Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition.
Women leaders and politicians will join force to raise awareness about the lack of pay equity and existing gender discrimination within the workplace. The group will call for legislation to promote gender equity and for employers and organizations to utilize best practices around wages and advancement to ensure a fair and impartial workplace.