Equal Payday

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To mark National Equal Pay Day, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner called on the county to ensure women are paid equally to men for the same jobs.

“Nationally we know that women are compensated 77 cents on the dollar for every dollar a man makes, and that’s for the same work” said Wagner. “In the Pittsburgh area, it’s even worse where you have women compensated 74 cents for every dollar a man makes.”

Art Store's Prices Reflect Gender Wage Gap

Apr 1, 2015
Courtesy Photo/ Elana Schlenker

Gentlemen, beware: the owner of a new Pittsburgh art store will be charging you extra.

Elana Schlenker wants her pop-up store “76<100” to raise awareness about the fact that, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median earnings of a female full-time worker in Pennsylvania is 76 cents to every dollar earned by a man. To make her point,  Schlenker will charge men full price for the artwork she sells, while women will receive a 24 percent discount.

Looking at The Numbers Behind Pittsburgh's Wage Gap

Apr 23, 2014
Mahalie Stackpole / flickr

Women in the Pittsburgh metro area made an average of $13,407 less than their male counterparts in 2013. For male and female employees with identical levels of education and experience, the female worker will make an average of 73 cents for every dollar paid to the man, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

This Thursday in Market Square, groups will join together for Pittsburgh’s Equal Pay Day Rally. According to Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, the goal of the rally is to highlight the injustice of the gap and push legislation that would allow women to fight for better pay. 

Time for Equal Pay

Apr 7, 2014

With Equal Pay Day Tuesday, April 8th, woman’s rights advocates are calling for a new law that closes loopholes allowing employers to pay female workers less than males doing the same job.

According to the Census Bureau women make 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. In Pennsylvania counties that disparity ranges from 54 to 83 cents for each dollar according to American Association of University Women. In a woman’s lifetime she can expect to make $500,000-2 million dollars less than her male counterpart according to Deborah Vereen, a specialist in inclusion strategies.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

During the lunch hour Tuesday, a crowd gathered at Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh to mark Equal Payday. It’s a day on which rallies are held across the country to bring attention to the fact that women still make less money than men.