The Riveter Presents
Black Women Taking Charge | Achieving Meaningful Progress on Black Women’s Pay Equity
The Riveter: West LA
2236 South Barrington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day that marks the point in the year at which women's earnings will finally “catch up” to what men earned in the previous year alone. This year, April 2nd signified how far women collectively needed to work into 2019 to catch up to what men were paid in 2018.

Because black women face an even larger wage gap, they need to work until August 22, 2019, to match what men earned the previous year, representing a 39% pay gap. 

Regardless of their occupation, level of education, or years of experience, black women are still paid less. The time for change is now. On Black Women's Equal Pay Day, The Riveter is partnering with area leaders to draw attention to pay equity for black women at work. 

We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 22 to honor Muriel McClendon and Tonya Rapley as they share why closing the pay gap is important to them, how they advocate for their own career advancement, and what concrete steps individuals, managers and decision-makers can take to implement the necessary changes to close this gap. All women and their advocates (including men and gender nonconforming individuals) and allies are encouraged to attend and support this cause. 

Panel Members 

Muriel McClendon: Dr. McClendon is the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UCLA College’s Division of Social Sciences. She is an Associate Professor in the History Department at UCLA. The focus of her teaching and writing is the social history of the English Reformation. She is the author of The Quiet Reformation: Norwich Magistrates and the Emergence of Protestantism in Tudor Norwich. 

Tonya Rapley: Tonya is an internationally recognized millennial money expert, mompreneur, and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. Tonya is the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Money Manual: A Practical Guide To Help You Succeed on Your Financial Journey and co-host of the Colorfull Lives podcast with Angela Yee (The Breakfast Club) and Aminatou Sou (Call Your Girlfriends). Her mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can live lives they love. 


6:00 Doors open 

6:00 - 6:30 Registration and Networking 

6:30 - 7:00 Wine tasting 

7:00 - 7:45 Interactive Conversation and Q&A 

7:45 - 8:30 Networking and reception with wine and light refreshments 

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