NYC Council Addresses Closing the Gender Wage Gap – June 16th

Posted by on June 14, 2010 at 15:39 pm

With bills pending in Albany and Washington, the NYC Council’s Women’s Issues Committee will hear testimony on measures to combat wage inequities, at the urging of the Equal Pay Coalition NYC which is spearheaded by the New York Women’s Agenda.

WHAT: New York City Council Hearing on CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP
WHEN: Wednesday June 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
SPONSORED BY: Women’s Issues Committee, Chair, Council Member Julissa Ferreras & Committee Members: Council Members Charles Baron, Margaret Chin, Elizabeth S. Crowley

Dr. Martha Burk, author, political psychologist and advisor to New Mexico’s Pay Equity Taskforce;
Council Member Letitia James; Beverly Neufeld, VP NYWA and Director Equal Pay Coalition NYC; Ana Oliveira, Executive Director, New York Women’s Foundation; Irasema Garza, former Director, DOL’s Women’s Bureau and current Executive Director, Legal Momentum; Professor Pamela Stone, Hunter College Pay Equity and Poverty researcher; Merble Reagon, Executive Director WCECA and author of NY Self Sufficiency Standard

47 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women are still fighting for this basic right. This hearing is part of a growing nationwide awareness that government must take stronger action to build economic security for women and families to promote a robust recovery for NYC and our country.

Calling for action, President Obama on June 10th, the anniversary of the EPA, said, “…pay parity remains far from reality, as women in the United States still only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, this gap is even wider. This remains unacceptable… As we emerge from one of the worst recessions in American history, when families are struggling to pay their bills and save for the future, pay inequity only deepens that struggle and hampers our economy’s ability to fully recover.”

Be part of this critical dialogue which affects all New Yorkers. This is not a women’s issue – it is a family checkbook issue.

Media call: Beverly Neufeld 914.329.4046

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