Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day that marks the point in the year at which women’s earnings will finally “catch up” to what men earned in the previous year alone. This year, April 2nd signified how far women collectively needed to work into 2019 to catch up to what men were paid in 2018.
Because black women face an even larger wage gap, they need to work until August 22, 2019, to match what men earned the previous year, representing a 39% pay gap.
Regardless of their occupation, level of education, or years of experience, black women are still paid less. The time for change is now. On Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, The Riveter is partnering with area leaders to draw attention to pay equity for black women at work.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 22 to honor Paula Harrell, Tonya Rapley and Christen Hebrard as they share why closing the pay gap is important to them, how they advocate for their own career advancement, and what concrete steps individuals, managers and decision-makers can take to implement the necessary changes to close this gap. All women and their advocates (including men and gender nonconforming individuals) and allies are encouraged to attend and support this cause.
Paula Harrell: Paula J. Harrell, a San Francisco native, is the winemaker and founder of P. Harrell Wines. Paula is the daughter of an immigrant mother from Panama and an American military father, who raised her and her four siblings and, along with Paula’s Grandmother, built a series of thriving residential care facilities in San Francisco. Paula obtained a BA from UCLA, during which time she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where her interest in wine began. After 15+ years of engaging with the wine culture as a hobby, her great passion and appreciation for all things wine led her to start her own private label in November 2015.
Tonya Rapley: In 2007, Tonya Rapley was fighting for her life in a relationship that was physically, emotionally, and financially abusive. Today Tonya Rapley is an internationally recognized millennial money expert, mompreneur, and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Money Manual: A Practical Guide To Help You Succeed on Your Financial Journey and co-host of the Colorfull Lives podcast with Angela Yee (The Breakfast Club) and Aminatou Sou (Call Your Girlfriends). Her mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can live lives they love.
Christen Hebrard: Christen Hebrard, Principal, C&H Impact Strategies advocates for those underserved in healthcare and overburdened with negative environmental impacts. Her advocacy portfolio has included environmental, transportation, affordable housing, education and a range of other pressing social justice issues disproportionately impacting marginalized communities.
6:00 Doors open
6:00 – 6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:00 Wine tasting with Paula Harrell and P Harrell wines
7:00 – 7:40 Panel Discussion
7:40 – 7:55 Moderated Q&A
7:55-8:30 Networking and reception with wine and light refreshments