Since 1977 International Women’s Day has been endorsed and celebrated by the United Nations. This year’s U.N. International Women’s Day theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” The U.N. is taking the day to focus on pay equity, recognizing the value of unpaid care work, and accelerating its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Meanwhile, civil society groups around the world have seized on 2017 International Women’s Day to spotlight various issues. The leaders of the Women’s March on Washington are calling for “A Day Without A Woman” where women take off time from work, supporters avoid shopping, and wear red to highlight women’s economic issues and justice for gender-nonconforming individuals. At InternationalWomensDay.com they are calling for individuals to #BeBoldForChange to close the gender pay gap and create a more gender inclusive world.
Something that you may have missed in the shuffle from last election was that the 115th Congress will be the most racially diverse ever, including a record number of African Americans. These 49 lawmakers will now account for a little more than 9% of the 535 members of our legislature. Unfortunately, this representation still lags behind the general prevalence of African Americans in the population as a whole—about 12.6% of the populationread more
Liberty and Access for All (L+A) would like to congratulate the following presidential nominees:
Governor Nikki Haley for being named as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. Haley currently serves as the current Governor of South Carolina
Former Secretary Elaine Chao for being selected to serve as Secretary of Transportation . Chao served as Labor secretary under President George W. Bush
Today’s political, social and economic climate seems to be more fractured than ever. There doesn’t seem to be space for constructive dialogue in the political, educational and business spheres. That lack of dialogue creates a hostile political and social environment....read more
Despite making up only 31% of the total population of the United States, White males are the majority in every facet of our legal system. As of 2015, 79% of prosecutors in the U.S. were white men (NY Times 2015) with 85% of them running unopposed (wholeads.com). The...read more
Starting Summer With A BANG! The third annual Liberty and Access Labs started off with a bang! This summer, thousands interns and students from all over the country flooded Washington, DC in hopes of hearing from political and social leaders on how to navigate a...read more
It is with great sadness to report the loss of one of our founding board members Jose “Joe” Montano. He passed away peacefully in his sleep the weekend of July 25, 2016. Joe was a teacher to our students and advocate. Joe spent his life working with communities of...read more
WHAT WE SEEK As a dynamic partnership organization, we seek Corporate and Organizational partnerships that share our values and commitment to diversity Toward that end we invite strategic partnerships with corporations, community organizations, nonprofits, think...read more
By D. Lane Recently L+A published a blog on diversity representation in the Democratic Party. Today, we are looking at the GOP. After losing the presidential race in 2012, the Republican Party noted that it must increase their campaigning and hiring “among Hispanic,...read more
Ideas you can act on today! March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is a day celebrating the “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” What can you do to mark the...read more