Ms. Foundation for Women Joins Women of Color and Women’s Rights Activists at Summit to Advance New Economic Agenda for Women

Washington, DC — On September 19th and 20th, 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. 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. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI 4th District)
  • Georgia State Representative Park Cannon
  • 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
  • Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com
  • Anna Holmes, Founder of Jezebel.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, MD

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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For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.