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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Morilla

305-375-4967

Miami-Dade County Commission for Women hosts reception commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will host a Celebration Reception on Monday, June 10, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The hotel is located at 400 SE Second Avenue in Miami.

Reception speakers include: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, FL-District 23; Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa; Lynn Povich, award winning journalist, author, and equal pay icon and first female senior editor at Newsweek magazine; Nicholas Inzeo, director of the EEOC’s Office of Field Programs; and Millie Herrera, Southeast Region representative of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was the first federal law prohibiting sex discrimination, and marked the first time that the federal government put the emerging issue of women in the workplace at the forefront of public consciousness.  The Act ranks as one of the most significant civil rights legislation of the 1960s, along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Women’s commissions throughout the country have a unique connection to the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established the first President’s Commission on the Status of Women with Eleanor Roosevelt as its Chair. The Commission’s landmark report of 1963, American Women, was the first report of its kind to examine the condition of women in the country and make recommendations to improve the status of women. This report resulted in passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

Terra Group, Greco International Corp., and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade are the presenting sponsors of the reception. Co-sponsors include: Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto, Rosen Financial, Inc., Ms. Linda Potash, SEIU 1991, the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board, and Women’s Exhibit, Inc.

Admission to the celebration reception is $20 per person.  For more information, please call the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women at (305) 375-4967.

The reception is being held in conjunction with the EEOC’s daylong Miami Technical Assistance Program Seminar (TAPS) on compensation discrimination and related pay equity issues.  For more information on the seminar and to register, please call Elaine McArthur at elaine.mcarthur@eeoc.gov or (813) 202-7924.

About the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women:

The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Chair’s Office.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information on the Commission for Women, call (305) 375-4967, e-mail CFW@miamidade.gov or visit www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/CFW_home.asp.  

Who:
The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Miami
District and the U.S. Department of Labor
What:
Equal Pay Act of 1963 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception
When:
June 10, 2013, 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Where:
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE Second Avenue
Brickell Room
Miami, Florida 33131