Business People

Pay Equity

For Black Women

In Pittsburgh, the pay gap between Black women and white men is greater than the national average

Pittsburgh's Black women are five times more likely to live in poverty than Pittsburgh's White men.


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we have teamed up to
fight the fairness fight!

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Will you Take The Pledge

Cities across the United States have made remarkable progress in closing the gender pay gap. Despite being awarded the title of “America’s Most Livable City”, Pittsburgh and the surrounding Mon Valley Region continues to struggle with pay equity, especially when it comes to women of color. Businesses (employers) in the Steel City have the power to narrow the gender pay gap. We are asking you to commit to these four important steps

Will you commit to these 4 important steps:

Thank You For Taking The Pledge

Responding to a 15-year stagnation in closing the gender pay gap, and the major setbacks to women’s gains in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Women’s Policy Center (BWPC), Women and Girls Foundation (WGF), and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh (YWCA GP) have created a regional partnership to advocate for structural change to close that gap. Our work will focus on bringing attention to the compounding effects of structural racism and sexism on the earning potential for women of color.

Occupational segregation and differing value on different work have many implications on the continued pay gap. We must place greater value and increase pay for the jobs in which women are more represented, such as caregivers, educators, and health aide workers.

This campaign will convene a multi-sector steering committee to develop a pay equity agenda that results in concrete steps for eliminating wage inequities by gender, with an emphasis on the specific inequities experienced by women of color.