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Monthly Program - September 2004

Equal Opportunity for Women - It Affects All of Us

Irma HerreraKeynote Speaker: Irma D. Herrera, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

We have a very special and exciting speaker to kick off our monthly meetings. Irma D. Herrera is Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco based civil rights organization dedicated to advancing equal opportunity for women and girls (www.equalrights.org), leading the fight for women's equality for almost 30 years.

Irma's organization is leading the team that has engaged Wal-Mart in a class action suit concerning jobs, pay, and promotions for 1.6 million current and former women employees and managers.

It is widely believed that this suit will force employers to address unequal pay for women, which right now is an average of 77% of what men are paid. (See Washington Post article for a recent analysis.) Experts say, "Because Wal-Mart is so big, so enormous, so powerful . . . where there is a large lawsuit, people pay attention—if Wal-Mart starts promoting women and allowing them to go where many men have gone, it's going to open a lot of doors."

As a leader of this landmark effort, Irma will share with us the background and the progress of the case, which has implications for all women, including women business owners.

Find out more: Read press clippings about this case.

Irma will also be receiving our NAWBO-SF President's award for Community Advocate of the Month.