“On April 12, women across the country will wear red and ask “Where’s the cents?” as they recognize the date by which women must work since Jan. 1, 2015, to earn the same amount earned by men for the 12 months ending December 31, 2015. They will call attention to the gap between the 79 cents that women overall earned compared with the $1 earned by men on average. They will tell of black women who make only 63 cents and of Latinas only 54 cents on that $1.”
– Catherine Kotanchik, AAUW-Bethlehem Branch President, The Morning Call
The Women and Girls Foundation’s Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar here. So, there is much more work to do!
Tomorrow’s rally will consist of speeches on the subjects of minimum wage, the impact of the gender wage gap on Pittsburgh families, and economic justice for all. Participants will include leading advocates, community leaders and elected officials, including, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald; County Controller Chelsa Wagner; District 4 Pittsburgh City Council member Natalia Rudiak; La’Tasha Mayes, Director of New Voices Pittsburgh; Jesabel Rivera, Director of the Latin American Cultural Union; Estelle Becker member of Restaurant Opportunity Center; and Maggie Jensen, CEO of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
The event will also feature an Equal Pay Bake Sale, conducted by the students of the WGF GirlGov program, to help illustrate the wage gap. Men will be charged $1 per item, and women will be charged 75 cents to exemplify the impact economic discrimination has on every aspect of our daily lives.