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Equal Pay Day marks the point in the year when women's earnings will finally match what men made the previous year. This year, April 10 signifie how far women collectively need to work into 2018 to catch up with what men were paid in 2017. Latinas face the greatest racial and gender equity gap and they need to work until November 1, 2018 to match what white men earned the previous year — a 47% pay gap. Latinas have to wait for pay equality until the year 2233, which means our great-great granddaughters MAY receive equal pay one day.

Join Lean In DC, The Melanin Collective, and Se Habla Español (SHE) for a discussion on Latina Equal Pay Day to discuss how we can work as a community for racial and gender equity in the Latinx community. Organizers and panelists include Latinas striving to create a world where women of color thrive, not just survive. Meet other Latinx in the DMV working to create real change in the lives of the Latinx community. In an effort to support Latinas in the DMV, we’ll be hosting a Latina DMV market. Let’s transcend the traditional tweets and show our support for Latina-owned businesses by purchasing their goods.

 

Meet Our Panelists

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Isabel Estrada Portales, Ph.D., M.S.

Isabel M. Estrada Portales, Ph.D., M.S., is a Fulbright Scholar who has conducted research on media and communications in Ecuador, United States, Brazil and Cuba. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Havana, M.S. in Mass Communications from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University, in Washington DC. In 1996, she won Cuba’s Pinos Nuevos national book competition in the Social Sciences category, with her book Retóricas, astucias, convenciones… Las ideologías profesionales de los periodistas cubanos. The book was based on her dissertation research and was subsequently censored and taken away from bookstores. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, and chairs the Board of Proyecto Salud Clinic, in Montgomery County, Maryland.

 
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Stacey Khoury-Diaz, Owner of Dio Wine Bar

Stacey was born and raised in Sonoma County, California wine country. She studied International Studies and African Studies at Yale and worked as a USAID contractor in East Africa and DC. While she enjoyed international work, she wanted to try something new and return to her wine roots. She received her MA in Food Systems from NYU and decided to open a natural wine bar - and so Dio Wine Bar was born. In her first year of business, her bar was named one of America's most important natural wine bars by Food & Wine Magazine and she became the proud mother of a baby girl.

 
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Xemiyuly Tapepechul, Co-Founder of Nelwat Ishkamewe and Director of Art & Culture of Trans-Latinx DMV

Xemiyulu Tapepechul is ne Siwayul - a heart of a Womxn- a Salvadoran Nawat Two-Spirit Non-Binary Transgender Womxn. She is a poet, playwright, director, actor, educator, the author of Metzali: Siwayul Shitajkwilu, the Director of Art & Culture of Trans-Latinx DMV, and the Founding Artistic Director of Nelwat Ishakamewe, a Two-Spirit family of artists, farmers, and healers. Xemi has presented with various colonial DC theatre companies, but she is most proud of the work she does with Two-Spirit & Indigenous Transgender Artists, including her upcoming show The Cosmic Twins, being produced with Nelwat Iskamewe at Emergence Community Arts Collective this Native American Heritage/Transgender Awareness Month. Find her on Patreon at: XemiDaTwoSpirit.

Nelwat Ishkamewe (meaning Indigenous Root) is a Two-Spirit family of artists, healers, educators, and advocates, uplifting Two-Spirit Nation through theatre, art & land justice.

Trans-Latinx DMV is a Two-Spirit Trans Womxn-led advocacy group working for the liberation of the Transgender Diaspora from Latin America, centering Black and Indigenous Trans-Latinx people.

Sandy Salinas, Associate Market Manager at Merrill Lynch

Sandy Salinas is part of the leadership team at Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C., and in the Market Executive Leadership Academy.  Sandy is originally from Texas and began her wealth management career in 2002 as a Financial Advisor. Sandy built a successful practice and after a decade advanced into management, responsible for a wide variety of functions.  Her personal and leadership philosophy is stewardship, integrity and responsibility, and they are reflected in both her commitment to community and as a professional. Over the years she has served as part of the board and advisory council for various organization in education, finance, small business, the arts and children’s health.  Currently, she is a member and volunteer at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., and she is a member of the board of Girls Health Ed. Sandy resides in Washington and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Teresa Casale, International Center for Research on Women

As Policy Advocate for ICRW, Teresa Casale leads the organization’s advocacy portfolio on issues related to women, peace and security and women’s economic empowerment. She serves as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and manages the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality.

Panel will be moderated by Monica Weeks, founder of Se Habla Español.


Event Information

Event Details:

Latina Equal Pay Day: Working Towards Equity Ft. DMV Latina Market/PopUP
Thursday, November 1st
@ City Winery

  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Welcome Reception

  • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Panel Discussion

  • 7:30pm-8:30pm: Vendor PopUp featuring Latinx/WOC businesses in the DMV

Want to Vendor at Latina Equal Pay Day? Email us at doris@themelanincollective.org.


Sponsors

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About Us

Lea    n In DC   serves as an umbrella organization for Washington, DC's Lean In Circles. We facilitate small, peer-support groups, as well as the larger conversation, to create a space for conversations about gender bias and the leadership gap, and to empower more women to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Lean In DC serves as an umbrella organization for Washington, DC's Lean In Circles. We facilitate small, peer-support groups, as well as the larger conversation, to create a space for conversations about gender bias and the leadership gap, and to empower more women to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Se Habla Español  is an apparel and gift store on a mission to make Latino culture mainstream. Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic minority in the US yet are still largely underrepresented in politics, entertainment, and business. Our goal is to increase visibility of Latino culture and support new Latino designers. Every purchase will go back to investing in the Latino community. Profits will be donated to organizations such as the  National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health ,  Voto Latino ,   and  Alianza Nacional de Campesinas .

Se Habla Español is an apparel and gift store on a mission to make Latino culture mainstream. Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic minority in the US yet are still largely underrepresented in politics, entertainment, and business. Our goal is to increase visibility of Latino culture and support new Latino designers. Every purchase will go back to investing in the Latino community. Profits will be donated to organizations such as the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Voto Latino, and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.

The Melanin Collective   creates transformational spaces for all women of color (WoC) to see their true self and value, to work as a collective for the common good, and to develop supportive, professional, and lasting relationships.

The Melanin Collective creates transformational spaces for all women of color (WoC) to see their true self and value, to work as a collective for the common good, and to develop supportive, professional, and lasting relationships.