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STSI & Community Partners Sponsor Black History Month Economic Prosperity Events

Sister to Sister International a global organization that links women and girls of African descent is pleased to partner with the American Association of Women (AAUW) to host a series of webinars regarding pay equity and economic prosperity.

Black women in Westchester earn 58% of the median income of their white female counterparts and 80.7% in NYS.

Beryl Weaver, the STSI Pay Equity sub-committee co-chair stated, “As women many of us have busy lifestyles, however, we have to become financially literate and take advantage of opportunities to become pay equity savvy. What we do now can impact us for a lifetime.”

The first webinar in the series entitled, “Show Me the Money: Salary Negotiation Training” will be hosted on Saturday, February 20, 2021 beginning 10:00 am – 11: 15am. Check out the STSI website at s2si.org for registration information.

Cheryl Brannan, STSI founder and Black Women Girl-Child initiative Convener, said “It is critical for us to get our youth trained beginning in high school, college and beyond. The earlier they are exposed to this phenomenon and gain the skills to negotiate salary and understand their self-worth, the better chance they will have to close the pay gap during their lifetime.”

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) women encounter a pay gap at every stage of life, but nowhere is it more pronounced than during the retirement years. On all three components of the “three-legged stool” of retirement security — Social Security, pension, and savings — women fall short.  As a result, they have 70% of the income that men have during retirement.

Black women are paid 61 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Georgia Reid, STSI Pay Equity, co-chair said that no matter what stage a woman is in her work life she can benefit from this webinar. Salary negotiation skills can be used to negotiate a new job, raise or promotion.”

The Entrepreneurship, Pay Equity and Economic Prosperity work group is chaired by Charmaine Golding, franchise owner of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill in White Plains. She stated that all of the programs STSI will offer this year will promote wealth building and help women gain economic prosperity.”

On Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 pm STSI will partner with the INVESTKIN-Alternative Investment Club to sponsor a webinar that will enable companies, projects and real estate deals that need funding to find investors who have money and are looking for deals to invest in. Participants will listen to presentations from individuals raising capital for their companies, projects, and real estate deals from various industries. Maxine Attobrah, the co-leader of Investkin and STSI Economic Prosperity co-chair, said that too many women miss out on this aspect of wealth building because they are unaware and unprepared. This event will promote awareness and help women get on track for potential future investments.” Visit the STSI website to register.

Sister to Sister International (STSI) produced a first ever Still I Rise report on the Status of Women & Girls in Westchester County (2019), examining the challenges, triumphs, and overall well-being of Black women and girls.

Using the research as a benchmark along with a collective impact framework, STSI now has over 30 Community Partners working collaboratively to improve outcomes for Black women and girls in Westchester County, related to economic opportunity & prosperity, health and wellness, juvenile justice, and STEAM & STEM educational opportunities. A series of actions and activities will unfold during the year to push their agenda forward in 2021, beginning in February to commemorate Black History Month.

To join one of our workgroups, become a member or community partner visit the STSI website at s2si.org for more details.



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