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Economic equality for families: pay up and pay attention

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Equality.

Many people would likely mark this as one of the more desired attributes or traits to experience when it comes to a myriad of areas of concern. Be it in the political process to access to resources, most would cite being given a fair and reasonable opportunity is one that is more than within reason for individual and collective growth and ascendancy.

Of the many issues in which equality and access may come into question, one clearly shows up in regards to income or pay. While different occupations command different income and earning levels, some would argue there are still a number of financial disconnects ranging from educational attainment, gender, and others. And what of those who are considered the working poor? Or what of those with families who are making a sincere and consistent effort to just make ends meet?

This Thursday, April 10th, from 8:30-11:30am, The Women's Bureau (US Department of Labor) is hosting a forum to help analyze some of the aforementioned and other interrelated areas of concern, placing emphasis on equal pay and working families. It takes place at the King Center Auditorium (449 Auburn Ave NE in Atlanta), and the public is encouraged to attend by registering online (for free) or calling 404-562-2339.

The forum is moderated by Carlis Williams (the regional administrator for the Administration for Families and Children). Taifa Smith-Butler (deputy director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute), Charmaine Davis (chapter director of 9to5 Atlanta), and Natalie Keiser (interim executive director for the Center for Working Families) are the featured panelists. The deputy director for the Center for Law and Social Policy, Jodie Levin-Epstein, is serving as the moderator.

Analysis, advocacy, and other related measures and topics are among the items discussed. Doing so provides the immediate and larger community improved insight of an area of concern, and a sense of some of the ways to address the disconnects associated with them.

Time to pay up and pay attention.

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