Equal Pay Day is April 12, 2016
Hundreds of women and men have attended previous Equal Pay Day activities in Southwest PA since 2006. WGF has partnered with local organizations to bring you Equal Pay Day activities in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
This year’s rally will take place from noon-2pm at Market Square.
Women and Girls Foundation and Equal Pay Day
When the Women and Girls Foundation first began efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and remedy this issue in Southwest PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region 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. We have made change happen in our region, but there is still significant work to be done in Southwest PA and throughout the state to close the gap for women in Pennsylvania.
Equal Pay Day is commemorated annually, when groups organize nationally to raise awareness of the gender wage gap throughout the country. This day, each April, symbolizes how long it takes for women to catch up to men’s wages from the previous year. While men earn their wages in 365 days, on average it takes women 483 days. Nationally, women make an average of 80 cents for every dollar a man makes and in Pennsylvania, women make 75 cents per dollar.
Join the Movement!
Share your pictures and thoughts on social media and include the hashtags #EPD2016 and #willworkforequality
Dr. Goddess’ Poem
View the poem by Dr. Goddess entitled I Apologize: An Open Poem to My Mother (Freda C. Ellis) and All Hardworking Women Who Are Misunderstood.