Media Advisory
November 19, 2019 

Contact: Kim Porteous, President,
Florida National Organization for Women  | 706-669-8192

Equal pay, equal rights advanced by legislators and citizens

Florida House and Senate bills to address wage gap, ratify ERA

A working woman in Florida makes 85 cents for every dollar a man makes — about $5,515 a year less than men. The Senator Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act (SB 90) is being sponsored by Sen. Stewart, and by Rep. Thompson who will introduce a similar bill in the House. SB 90 addresses the pay gap by banning employers from compensating workers differently based on sex or gender identity.  Additionally, Rep. Eskamani is urging support for Florida to ratify the Equal Rights Act (HCR 239 - Equal Rights for Men and Women). The ERA was first introduced to Congress in 1923 and passed in 1972, yet is still one state short of ratification. Florida NOW is calling for Senator David Simmons to put the Senate version of the resolution (SCR 392) on the agenda of the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. 

What:  A media event announcing the bipartisan effort to advance equal pay and equal rights. 


  • Sen. Linda Stewart, Florida State Senate District 13
  • Rep. Geraldine Thompson, Florida House Representative District 44
  • Rep. Anna Eskamani, Florida House Representative District 47
  • Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner, District 4
  • Nicolette Springer (Emcee), Florida NOW
  • Kim Porteous, Florida NOW President
  • Farmworkers Association of Florida
  • Cynthia Harris, Greater Orlando NOW Legislative Director/Racial Justice Taskforce Chair
  • Amaris Leon, Program and Communications Director at Ruth's List Florida
  • Angel Perry, Executive Vice President of Local 3108 Communication at Workers of America 
  • Sara Smith, Title 9 and Disability Advocate at Stetson University

When:  11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019

Where: Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Ave Friday November 22, 2019 11 am


[The Florida National Organization for Women takes action through intersectional grassroots activism in promoting feminist ideals, leading societal change, eliminating discrimination, and achieving and protecting the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.]


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