CLOSING THE GAP kicked off with a one-hour talk show special with a live studio audience. The talk show broadcast originated from WQED Multimedia's Pittsburgh studios on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00pm (EST), and also engaged viewers nationally through a free social screening application that encouraged questions and comments from the live-stream viewers.
Sharon Epperson sat surrounded by our country's most influential advocates for women's advancement. AAUW's Linda Hallman shared research documenting the "daddy bump" compared to the "motherhood penalty" that working women and men experience when embracing parenthood. Terry O'Neill of NOW sparked a round of applause when she connected the women wage gap to the broader issue of the widening pay disparity between our nation's wealthiest and those struggling to put food on the table.
Child care was a hot issue for Ms.Foundation's Teresa Younger. She believes quality child care must be available to working women if we're going to close the gap. Dara Richardson-Heron of YWCA USA agreed. She believes that if we value our child care professionals and educators, then we should compensate them accordingly.
The broadcast is now available through American Public Television to interested television stations.
View the Closing the Gap: Recap story here.
Sharon Epperson, a Pittsburgh native and our host for Closing the Gap Live Talk Show, is CNBC's personal finance correspondent and senior commodities correspondent. ...more
Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Act has galvanized the Equal Pay Movement. She is a tireless advocate for change, traveling the country to urge women and minorities to claim their civil rights. ...more
Linda Hallman is the executive director and chief executive officer of AAUW. Her efforts focus on women's health, horticulture, and STEM programs for girls. ...more
Teresa Younger has been a strong activist and feminist leader focusing her efforts across health, safety and economic security particularly for women. On June 16, 2014 she accepted the title as CEO and president of Ms. Foundation. ...more
Terry O’Neil is a fierce feminist activist and civil rights attorney. She recently earned the title as president of the National Organization for Women. ...more
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. is the CEO of the YWCA USA, leading one of the nation’s oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families. ...more