Why is fighting for protections for LGBTQ working people important?
In a majority of states, working people can be fired due to their sexual orientation or
gender identity or expression. LGBTQ workers on average earn less than heterosexual workers, this is especially true for women in same sex relationships. Our AAPI trans siblings experience higher rates of poverty than the overall trans community and six times the general AAPI population. Union contracts can prevent discrimination and lead to stability for LGBTQ working people. Union contracts are also the only legal form of protection against employment discrimination for transgender working people. More information can be found at: www.prideatwork.org/resources/lgbtq-101
Why is equal pay for equal work important?
AAPI women earn about 85 cents for every dollar that white men earn. When you disaggregate data, the gap is even wider for many AAPI subpopulations. For example, Bhutanese and Marshallese women need to work more than two years to earn the equivalent of a white man’s one year salary. The wage gap is also significant for other women of color. Latina women earn about 54 cents for every dollar that white men earn and Black women earn about 63 cents for every dollar that white men earn. The pay gap reinforces sexism and leaves long-term consequences for women workers.
Why is it important to fight for reproductive justice?
Reproductive justice is a movement that envisions all people, especially women and girls, to have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. Ensuring that people have power over their reproductive choices is critical for their economic security and livelihoods.
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