Equal Pay Rally 2014
This year, the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) has decided to host its Equal Pay Rally on Thursday, April 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Market Square. This day is also Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. WGF is inviting Pittsburgh High Schools and Middle Schools’ teachers, students and parents to be part of the Rally.
The rally will consist of speeches on the subjects of equal pay, the impact of the gender wage gap on women and their families, and economic justice for all. Some of the speakers are Rep. Erin Molchany, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and La’Tasha Mayes, Founder Executive Director at New Voices Pittsburgh, among others.
WGF is providing tables and chairs to organizations that support women, families, girls and youth. Organizations are encouraged to bring their flyers, brochures, one-pagers or any other promotional material. Organizations that are participating range from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Educational Programs to New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice.
The students of WGF GirlGov program will have an Equal Pay Bake Sale to help illustrate the wage gap. Men will be charged $1 per item, and women will be charged 75 cents.
Nationally, women make an average of 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, and in Pennsylvania, women make 75 cents per dollar. African American women and Latinas are paid 64 cents and 58 cents to every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
Remember that Pennsylvania women and their families will have to wait for more than 50 years for the wage gap to even out on its own! It is time for us to join together as a community to make Pennsylvania a most livable place for everyone.