Tuesday, April 4th on the steps of New York City Hall, advocates for equal pay came out wearing red to show that women are still fighting for economic justice at the PowHer Equal Pay Day Rally. PowHerNY President Beverly Neufeld and co-sponsors Public Advocate Letitia James and Co-Chairs of the NYC Council Women’s Caucus, Councilmember Laurie Cumbo and Helen Rosenthal rallied the group on a cold spring day with calls for “Give Me What You Owe Me” and “I want my million dollars!” The date marks how far into the year a woman must work to earn the same amount as a man did the year previous. In New York City women working full time made around 20% less than men, and statistics show that LGBTQ people, women of color and women with disabilities face an even wider gap.
Last month, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James’ bill that bans employers citywide from asking prospective employees about their salary histories passed City Council! This has been one of the issues that has hindered women’s economic justice historically, and now one less issue that the women of New York have to worry about. Together with PowHer NY, we rallied for stronger laws, fairer wages, better jobs, and inclusive workplaces.
Thank you to everyone that registered to rally with YWCA Brooklyn!