Workers, leaders, and elected officials rally on national Equal Pay Day
Elected officials, union leaders, and municipal workers rallied on national Equal Pay Day to close the gender pay gap.
Tuesday marked the 17th Equal Pay Day rally in New York City, as people called for the playing field to be leveled once and for all.
“We still are not making a dollar, ladies… there’s something very, very wrong with that” said City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.
Groups wore red to symbolize how far in the red women are in their pay to their male counterparts. The rally is annually held on March 14 because it represents how far into the new year women have to work to match the annual salary of men.
PowHer New York says that looking at both full-time and part-time working women, they are averaging only 74 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Dalvanie Powell, president of the United Probation Officers Association, says it’s time that women receive the value they deserve.
“White men on average are paid $14,500 more than the women and those of color in the department of probation,” said Powell.
Jacqueline Ebanks says that though there is a long way to go, it remains important to celebrate wins along the way – like the NYC Pay Transparency Law that was enacted this year, that requires city employers to include pay ranges in job postings.