PLEASE HELP US OBTAIN A DIVERSE SAMPLING BY EMAILING THIS SURVEY TO YOUR ROCHESTER PERSONAL AND BUSINESS CONTACTS.
On behalf of the Coalition on Pay Equity (COPE), we are asking for your assistance. COPE members are concerned about the continuing gap in pay between men and women, as well as equity in the workplace.
We are asking for your support to complete a brief survey. We hope to reach diverse audiences in Rochester to obtain information about work equity in our community. The survey is anonymous and will not be identifiable. We are hoping you will be willing to share the survey link with your members and can post it on your website.
Pay equity is an important topic for all women. The Equal Pay Act, passed in 1963, states that those in positions requiring “equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions” should be free from sex-based discrimination of wages.” This effort to equalize wages between genders came at a time when female workers made 59 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts made. In 2001, the wage gap percentage hit 23.7 percent, meaning that a woman earned about 77 cents for every dollar that a man made.
Since 2001, the wage gap has largely plateaued around 23 percent, finally dropping a small amount to 21.7 percent in 2013. Why has the momentum slowed? Why are women still making the same fraction of their male counterparts’ dollar for the past 13 years?
There will be an event on Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at which we plan to share what we learned and offer tool kits to employers to move the momentum forward again.