Inequalities exist around all of us, whether it is because of our gender identity, race or sexual orientation. In 2016, 13.4 million women fell under the poverty line. Simarly, women of color are more vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace and wage inequality. Transgender men and women are more vulnerable to poverty when two or more of these labels are combined, exposing the clear correlation of the widening wage inequalities. Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the law has become outdated limiting its effectiveness in the workplace. While the law made it illegal to give unequal pay between genders who produce the same quality of work, the average workplace still sees inequalities in wage with very little improvement to be seen.
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. Thanks to these donations, 87 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to services for poor and homeless women.
To celebrate National Women’s Equality Day, the Love Art Team brings a campaign that battles and brings awareness to the wage inequalities between all people in regards to race, gender and sexual orientation. Customers can enjoy 10% off their purchase. The Love Art Team will match the 10% in the form of a donation to Rosie’s Place, the first Women’s Shelter founded in the United States to symbolize the nearly 20% wage gap between men and women. The Love Art Team hopes not just to give back to the women at Rosie’s Place, but also to the individuals who come in every day.