On average, Native women are paid only 57 percent of the wages White men receive, compared to the 79 percent White women make. This is a stark reminder that we must advocate for all women, especially those from Indian Country, in our effort to close the wage gap. The patriarchy, White supremacy, and systemic racism must all be dismantled in feminist efforts to achieve equity. Our activism only improves if we focus on the intersectionality of women’s identities. Today, we pay special attention to American Indian and Native Alaskan women in our advocacy for their safety, visibility and equality.
Toni Van Pelt, a longtime feminist and humanist activist, was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in July 2017, taking office in August of that year. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chairwoman of the NOW Political Action Committee and serves as the principal spokeswoman for all three entities. Van Pelt oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: achieving constitutional equality for women, advancing reproductive rights and justice, promoting racial justice, stopping violence against women, winning civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community, and ensuring economic justice. Victoria Steele is Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 9 since January 14, 2019. She is a twice elected former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving from 2013 to 2016. She describes herself as "a life-long feminist" and enjoyed a 25-year career in radio and television news. She is Seneca and Mingo. She serves on the board of the National Organization for Women.
Did you know Native women will lose $977,720 compared to white men? "Assuming they both begin work at age 20, this huge wage gap means a typical Native woman would have to work until she is nearly 90 years old to catch up." #NativeWomensEqualPay @nwlc https://t.co/05P6V1gfeF pic.twitter.com/BmRmqAn1c8— equalpaytoday (@EqualPay2dayOrg) September 22, 2019