wage equality

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Female executives at nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania still don’t earn as much as their male peers, but the gap is getting smaller.

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Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban the city from asking job applicants for their salary history.

Gilman said asking for salary history perpetuates wage gaps based on gender and race.

“Rather than paying someone based off either the budget, their qualifications or the job role, people use it to give a small increase in salary but still not pay someone the wage they deserve,” he said. “We’re taking the lead in the region and banning that from our job application and calling on the private sector to join us.”

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April 14th marks how far into the year a woman must work in order to earn the same amount of money as a man in the previous year. The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management will host a “Great Debate,” in which opinion leaders will argue their stances on the event’s theme: how nonprofits are addressing the gender pay gap, and whether or not it should be their priority. Robert Morris Associate Professor Daria C. Crawley and Bayer Center executive director and founder Peggy Morrison Outon join us to discuss how nonprofits take responsibility for wage inequities.

Peggy Morrison explains why there is a pattern of lower salaries among female workers in non-profits:

"One thing in the 70 interviews that I did in our research shows that women will negotiate for salary before they join a non-profit, but once they join the non-profit it becomes their family and they are very reluctant to advocate for themselves. "

Also in today's show, Bob Dvorchak joins us to debrief the recent announcement of Troy Polamalu's retirement, the Pirate's home opener, and a prediction for Penguin's playoff games.