Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) is an advocate for women. As the 100th woman sworn into Congress in the 113th session, Adams sits on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Agriculture Committee, the Small Business Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. Today, on Equal Pay Day, she advanced her support of women by encouraging her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“It takes the average woman an additional 94 days—three additional months—to earn what her male peers earned in 2016. That is unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Adams. “From the North Carolina House to the U.S. House, I have been fighting to close gender and wage gaps. Fifty-four years have passed since we signed the Equal Pay Act into law, but today in North Carolina, women still only make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes – and nationally, that statistic is even worse. When women are shortchanged our children, families and economy are shortchanged. Today, I am calling on my colleagues to join me in working to close gender and wage gaps by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.”
While the Equal Pay Act of 1963 left many loopholes that the Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to address, Adams’ advocacy strives beyond passage of comprehensive legislation. On Friday, March 31, 2017, the last day of Women’s History Month, she hosted her Second Annual Women’s Symposium, Job Fair, and Networking event in order to address – in district – broader issues of equity and economic opportunity for women.
“Women comprise more than half of the population of Mecklenburg County,” she said, “and our nation yet we continue to fight for equal representation, respect, and rights.” Adams was “proud to convene such a diverse group of panelists and organizations for the second annual Women’s Symposium to discuss the issues that impact each of us such as public education, healthcare, business development, entrepreneurship, equal pay, and paid family leave. Women play an integral role in our communities and it is imperative that we continue to speak up and advocate for the positive change we hope to see in our neighborhoods and across our country.”
The panel included representatives from Google Fiber, UNCC Gen-X Learning Community, Family Medicine, the Latin American Development Corporation, Queen City Forward, and Women’s Business Center of Charlotte. The Networking Fair included the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange, EmpowHERment, the Latin American Women’s Association, Junior League of Charlotte, the National Association of Women Business Owners-Charlotte, the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and the National Organization of Women-Charlotte, among others.
Equity and economic opportunity start at home, and Congresswoman Adams is well aware that legislative solutions are most effective when coupled with practical, on the ground engagement with her constituents.