Local nonprofits launch pay equity campaign, special focus on women of color’s wages

PITTSBURGH — A campaign led by the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Black Women’s Policy Center and Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania plans to convene a steering committee to create a concrete agenda for achieving pay equity by gender, employing a particular focus on the unique disparities experienced by women of color.

The pay equity campaign was launched Aug. 3, on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which comes nearly 5 months after Women’s Equal Pay Day in March.

“Equal pay day should not occur in March. It should occur in December of the year before,” said Angela Reynolds, CEO of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “There are many who don’t realize that Equal Pay Day is not a celebration. What we are saying is that women in general have to work until March to make what men made the year before.”

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