Women and Girls Foundation

Essential Pittsburgh
4:29 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Looking at The Numbers Behind Pittsburgh's Wage Gap

Pittsburgh has "one of the most dramatic wage gaps in the country," according to Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet.
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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. 

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Film
3:30 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Film Explores Lack of Elected Female Leadership in the US

Female presidents and prime ministers are currently serving in 18 different countries. Meanwhile, the United States has never had a female president, and is ranked 69th worldwide in women’s representation in national legislatures or parliaments.

What are other countries doing that America isn’t?

This question will be explored this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, when Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet premieres her documentary, Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Sarah's Anti-Stalking Law Is Just The Beginning

Sarah Pesi was about 13 years old when she was stalked by a stranger. Because of state laws, she couldn't obtain a restraining order.
Credit Women and Girls Foundation

A personal experience with a stalker, as a pre-teen, changed Sarah Pesi’s life. Because the person involved wasn’t a relative or a former boyfriend, she couldn’t obtain a restraining order. In Pennsylvania, 60% of stalking victims do not fill the relationship requirement for restraining orders.

With the support of Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girl’s Foundation, Sarah has sought to change PA law.

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Stranger Stalking Legislation
4:34 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

'Sarah’s Amendment' Faces Vote in Harrisburg

About 60 percent of stalking victims aren't currently able to obtain a restraining order in Pennsylvania, according to numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Under current law, PA victims can only obtain one if their stalker is a relative or someone they dated.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Madame Presidenta: Why Not Us?

Dilma Rousseff, the first female president of Brazil.
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As the granddaughter of a woman who fought for women’s rights in the suffragist movement during the early 20th century, the work that Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, has done is enough to make any grandmother proud.

Her newest project, a documentary titled Madame Presidentá: Why Not Us?, examines the global power of women and specifically, the work of the first female president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.

The goal for the film, she says, was not to point out how America has not succeeded in putting a woman in the White House. Her aim, as her grandmother so pointedly says in the film, was to figure out “How the hell did they do that?” and look at the eighteen countries worldwide who do have women in power. 

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Gender Equality
4:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Pittsburghers Rally for Equal Pay for Women

Women and men held signs demanding equal pay at the Equal Payday rally in Market Square Tuesday.
Credit 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.

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