Not Another Wage Gap Press Release From the Women & Girls Foundation

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Women in this country are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In order to raise awareness of this persistent problem, the Women and Girls Foundation is hosting an Equal Pay Day Rally in Pittsburgh’s Market Square.

Equal Pay Day Rally, Pittsburgh Market Square, Women and Girls Foundation

The Women & Girls Foundation is hosting an Equal Pay Day Rally in Pittsburgh's Market Square April 9th at Noon.

The Equal Pay Day Rally is a great way to show support for the women in your life.

The Women and Girls Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to achieving gender equality. Since its founding in 2002, the Women and Girls Foundation has granted over $700,000 to nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania to seed systemic change and increase equity for women and girls through public policy initiatives. And frankly, they are tired of writing the wage-gap-press-release year after year.

This April, the Women and Girls Foundation looks to raise awareness for just how much work remains to be done in workplace gender equality. At a rally to be held in Pittsburgh’s Market Square at noon on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, the Women and Girls Foundation asks all local supporters of women to join them for speakers, food, and spirited advocacy of all stripes. The event is free and open to the public—young and old, female and male. The Women and Girls Foundation asks only that participants bring their own discontent. (For those outside Pittsburgh, additional Equal Pay Day Rallies will be held in Greensburg and Uniontown.)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid. Because women earn less, they must work longer for the same pay to the detriment of their families. At a time when America's economy is facing a prolonged downturn, every penny counts. Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates that the wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her lifetime.

Pay equity is a growing national movement. States around the country are introducing pay equity legislation and women continue to recognize the importance of this legislation. Pay inequity penalizes families especially during times of economic hardship so we must address it when trying to boost the economy. At the current rate, the wage gap will not close for another 50 years. Women and their families cannot afford to wait that long.

“The Equal Pay Day Rally is a great way to show support for the women in your life,” says Tara Simmons, Vice President of Operations at Women and Girls Foundation. “Please join us this Tuesday to take a stand for equal pay—for this generation of women and the next. Because really, does anyone want to still be talking about this in 2014?”

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The Women and Girls Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The mission of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) is to achieve equality for women and girls, now and for generations to come. Learn more by visiting http://wgfpa.org/ or contacting Tara Simmons, Vice President of Operations at the Women and Girls Foundation: Phone (412-258-2568) or Email tara(at)wgfpa(dot)org.

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