Did you know that women earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns? That drops to 64 cents for African-American women and 53 cents for Latinas. To raise awareness of pay equity disparities in the United States, the YWCA of Brooklyn co-sponsored a city wide rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall at on Tuesday, April 14th.
The Equal Pay Day rally drew the attention of city and state elected officials, equal pay stakeholders, and wide media and press coverage.
The YWCA of Brooklyn is a leader in fighting for women’s economic empowerment. Along with PowHER, a state wide coalition promoting equal pay, the rally was in support of The New York Equal Pay Bill (A6075/S1) that was introduced by Assembly member Michele Titus in March. The Senate has already passed a “same as” bill earlier this year. If the Assembly approves the bill, it will be sent to Governor Cuomo to be signed into law. For more information on the bill, see the PowHER fact sheet here.
UPDATE: On April 27, 2015 the NYS Assembly unanimously passed the New York Equal Pay Bill! These new protections target pay discrimination, which results in a wage gap that deprives New York women and their families of much-needed financial resources and long-term security. The New York Equal Pay bill will be a powerful tool by guaranteeing workers the right to share salary information without penalty. It also clarifies and closes loopholes in current law, and discourages employers from unfair pay practices by increasing damages.
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