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Yesterday I was pleased to join my colleagues in a press conference to unveil the ‘Women of Color Opportunities Act (WOCOA). WOCOA is a legislative package that targets the elimination of racial disparities in the educational and economic status of women and girls of color in Minnesota. This issue of racial disparities is long overdue and has needed to be addressed for quite some time.
Women and girls of color in Minnesota face significant challenges and disparities. The gender wage gap for women of color in particular has had devastating impacts on poverty in Minnesota communities. Currently Minnesota’s African American women earn $0.62 for every dollar a white male earns and for Hispanic women that figure is even lower at $0.57 for every dollar a white male earns. A Hispanic woman working full-time stands to lose about $854,000 over the course of her career because of the gender wage gap. Over 64% of Minnesota’s African American female-headed households with young children live in poverty, with 53% of Hispanic female-headed households living in poverty.
The Women of Color Opportunities Act features five main components:
The bills have been referred to the Education Policy and Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committees. I am hopeful Chairs Erickson and Garofalo will take these important bills into consideration and give each bill the hearing they deserve. I encourage you to contact Chair Sondra Erickson at 651-296-6746 or via email at email@example.com and Chair Pat Garofalo at 651-296-1069 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to urge them to grant HF 3031, 3032, 3033, 3098, and 3099 a committee hearing.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments at any time.
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