As a women’s coordinator for AFGE Local 383, Audrey Townsend serves as a spokesperson for all of the female District of Columbia government employees who aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work.
Women on average earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, and that’s something Audrey is working to change.
“My job is to represent them and to represent to the D.C. City Council that women deserve the same equal pay as men,” she says. “I would ask them, Would you want your daughter making less than her brother? It’s important that everyone have the same equal playing field, without gender being a factor.”
Audrey’s passion for improving the quality of life for all people extends to her job with the D.C. Department of Human Services, where she investigates reported cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving vulnerable adults.
Through her job, Audrey helps protect the city’s most vulnerable residents from being left in a living situation that could result in abuse and possibly death.
Audrey shares her story in the latest documentary produced by AFGE. The documentary series is part of AFGE’s year-long campaign, “I Am AFGE,” to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the women and men who work for them every day.
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