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President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, guaranteeing equal pay for women and men doing the same work for the same employer.

Have women seen progress since then?  Sure.

Has it come fast enough?  No.

According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, the current wage gap has improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year since 1963.  At that rate, the wage gap won’t close completely until the year 2053.

But American women – literally – cannot afford to wait that long for fair pay.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

Partnership

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay is a two-year multimedia campaign being produced by WQED Multimedia in partnership with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

WQED is Pittsburgh's public service media for the entire region and is accessible worldwide via WQED Interactive.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has championed social progress for women and children in Western Pennsylvania. YW women have advocated for fair and equitable conditions, challenged social and racial injustice, and empowered women and their families.  


Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

About

President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, guaranteeing equal pay for women and men doing the same work for the same employer.

Have women seen progress since then?  Sure.

Has it come fast enough?  No.

According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, the current wage gap has improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year since 1963.  At that rate, the wage gap won’t close completely until the year 2053.

But American women – literally – cannot afford to wait that long for fair pay.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

Partnership

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay is a two-year multimedia campaign being produced by WQED Multimedia in partnership with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

WQED is Pittsburgh's public service media for the entire region and is accessible worldwide via WQED Interactive.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has championed social progress for women and children in Western Pennsylvania. YW women have advocated for fair and equitable conditions, challenged social and racial injustice, and empowered women and their families.  


Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

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