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.

If you have any questions regarding to the Equal Pay Rally, please do not hesitate and contact Gianina Marquez-Olivera at gmarquezolivera.fellow@coropittsburgh.org or at 412-258-2563.
We look forward to seeing you at the Rally!



The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. This date symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn what men earned in 2013.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.

Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

The wage gap remained statistically unchanged in the last year. Women’s earnings were 77.0 percent of men’s in 2011, compared to 77.4 percent in 2010, according to Census statistics released September 12, 2012 based on the median earnings of all full-time, year-round workers. Men’s earning in 2011 were $48,202 and women’s were $37,118, a difference of $11,084.

In 2011, the earnings of African American women were $33,501, 69.5 percent of all men’s earnings, a slight increase from 67.7 percent in 2010, and Latinas’ earnings were $29,020, 60.2 percent of all men’s earnings, up from 58.7 percent in 2010. Asian American women’s earnings at $40,882 dropped from 86.6 percent of all men’s earnings in 2010 to 84.8 percent in 2011. The National Committee on Pay Equity’s The Wage Gap Over Time shows how little the wage gap has changed in this century.

According to the National Women’s Law Center:

  • The wage gap persists at all levels of education. In 2011, the typical woman in the United States with a high school diploma working full time, year round was paid only 74 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart. Among people with a bachelor’s degrees, the figure was also 74 cents. In fact, the typical woman who has received an associate’s degree still isn’t paid as much as the typical man who only graduated from high school.
  • A typical woman who worked full time, year round would lose $443,360 in a 40-year period due to the wage gap. A woman would have to work almost twelve years longer to make up this gap. A typical woman working full time, year round who starts, but does not finish, high school would lose $372,400 over a 40-year period, an enormous amount of money for women who are typically paid $21,113 a year. A woman would have to work over seventeen years longer to make up this gap.

(NWLC calculations based on the Current Population Survey. Career wage gaps assume a constant gap and are not adjusted for inflation. Gaps for educational attainment are for individuals 25 and older, other gaps are for people 15 and older.)