TUES 12PM: Women’s Group Flies Plane Over MA State House Urging Support for Paid Leave, $15 Minimum Wage

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 12:00-2:00pm ET
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TUESDAY 12PM:  Women’s Group Flies Plane Over MA State House Urging Support for Paid Leave and $15 Minimum Wage
LOOK UP: UltraViolet Plane Banner Urges Legislators to “Support Paid Leave and a Living Wage”
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — On Tuesday, May 8th, UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy group, has commissioned a plane to fly over the Massachusetts State House in Boston calling on legislators to support paid family and medical leave and a $15-per-hour minimum wage.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th. 12:00pm – 2:00pm ET
WHERE: Massachusetts State House. 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
THE PLANE WILL CARRY A BANNER READING: “Support Paid Leave and a Living Wage”
The plane is just part of what is expected to be the single-largest State House event in Massachusetts history and comes after Raise Up Massachusetts organized hundreds of thousands of voters to petition the State to put a $15 minimum wage increase and statewide paid family and medical leave on the November ballot.

“Both paid family and medical leave and a $15 minimum wage are key to leveling the playing field for women–especially women of color. Women make up two-thirds of the low-wage workforce, a disproportionate pool of which are Black, brown, and immigrant women,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet.  “In states that increased the minimum wage, women’s wages grew faster and actually shrank the wage gap. Research has shown that access to paid family and medical leave saves women $274,044 in lifetime wages. By failing to implement these common sense policies, Massachusetts legislators are effectively blocking women of color from the opportunities that white men in the state have long enjoyed.”

“We’re proud to be part of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition in winning people and families the dignity of working in fairer and more just workplaces throughout the Massachusetts,” added Thomas.

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at weareultraviolet.org.