Elected officials and local dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate Women’s History Month at Slater Mill in Pawtucket Monday.
The event will also address economic issues for women. Gendered wage gaps remain persistent in the Ocean State. That’s according to data from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, the advocacy non-profit sponsoring the event.
Featured guest, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, says that makes Slater Mill especially appropriate, due to female mill workers’ early fights for equity.
“About 109 years ago women led the first strike for better pay, better working conditions, better life for themselves and their children,” said Reed.
The event will also feature talks by women leaders in different fields from across the state. Rhode Island made history this past November, electing Gina Raimondo as the state’s first female governor. Reed said hearing from current female leaders in the state is a chance to inspire future generations.
“It’s particularly impressive not just to me, but to the younger women in the crowd about how they were able to overcome obstacles which, frankly, don’t exist for most men in society,” said Reed.
Other speakers include Salve Regina University President Sister Jane Gerety, and Jenn Steinfeld, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund.
With reports from Emily Wooldridge.
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