By Natasha Mayer
Last week on April 2nd, I had the opportunity to attend PowHerNY’s 2019 Equal Pay Day rally. This year’s theme was equal pay for ALL New York women. We focused on sharing information about how women from different backgrounds experience the wage gap differently based on race, disability status, and family status. Asian women experience the smallest wage gap, earning 83 cents compared to a white New York man’s dollar, while Latina women experience the largest wage gap, earning only 56 cents to a white man’s dollar.
To share the information more widely, JWFNY and the many other organizations involved in planning this wonderful event distributed graphics, shared information with our communities, and at the rally, we held signs and balloons showing how much more women deserve to be paid.
We were honored to hear from Bev Neufeld, Founder and President of PowHerNY, who orchestrated the entire event, along with politicians including New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and many other powerful voices.
The rally itself was a joyous event, attended by dozens of activists, professionals, union workers, and other leaders in the sector. The group wore red because the pay gap puts women “in the red.” We could not have asked for a sunnier day on the steps of City Hall, and spirits were high as we celebrated gains in the fight for equal pay, and demanded more and better from our leaders.