Equal Pay Coalition Joins Forces with PowHer NY!

To create a stronger voice for wage equality, the Equal Pay Coalition NYC and PowHer NY are joining forces! EPCNYC leaders will continue to be involved in developing strategies for the city, and now statewide, activities; and PowHer NY will employ its extensive online presence to share information and amplify our message. The Equal Pay Campaign will continue New York’s decades-old struggle for equal pay by championing policy reform, educating the public and our leaders, and engaging citizens to take action.

Moving forward, all Equal Pay activities will be found at www.powherny.org. This website will only be used for archival purposes.

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Boston’s Wage Gap Initiative

Boston Globe reports: Boston has the best-educated women of any major US city, and now Mayor Thomas M. Menino is trying to make it a better place for them to earn a living. The goal: to make Boston the first city to eliminate the wage gap between men and women.

Menino plans to announce this ambitious initiative on Thursday when he rolls out a compact signed by 38 employers that have committed to ending pay disparities. Nationally, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men make. In Boston, it’s 83 cents to the dollar — a difference of almost $10,000 a year, or about $400,000 over a career, according to a report by the city’s newly formed Women’s Workforce Council.

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Economic Equity News

Don’t miss the latest news on equal pay! Go to the Economic Equity Newsletter for up-to-date information, research, and commentary. Click to stay informed!

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TGIF – Twitter Power Lunch at Noon

Last day of TWEET WEEK for Pay Equity and WEC’s awesome Video! This week’s Twitter Power Lunches have helped get the word out & boost the views of the Women’s Equality Coalition’s humorous video to 8,000! Being on WNYC and in NYMagazine/The Cut is giving us amazing exposure.


1. Join our TWITTER POWER LUNCH – 12 to 1 pm (sample tweets below)
2. Share WEC’s FACEBOOK posts (go to www.facebook.com/NYWomensEquality for shares)
3. GOAL: Share the new VIDEO[ http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy] and PETITION chn.ge/1gMx5u6 with your networks

How? Visit WEC social media pages & from your organization’s account, retweet & share posts. @NY4Women for retweets.

    #WEAreStrong & our laws should be just as strong. It’s time to #UpgradeNY w/ Women’s Equality Agenda! @NY4Women http://youtu.be/zqXnqtIjKjQ
    Vintage: Great 4 t-shirts, bad 4 New York law. http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy Let’s pass #WEA #UpgradeNY today! http://bit.ly/HICp2g
  • EQUAL PAY TWEETS: Leadership and Opportunity
    .@NY4Women Video http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy may be funny but it’s no joke! Talking abt ur salary can get u fired! #UpgradeNY laws!
  • How do you know u r getting equal pay when 61% of employees fear losing jobs for discussing salary? WATCH: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
  • Companies w/ the most women board directors outperformed those with least by 26% ROI. NY needs women at the top! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women
  • Fed employees have smallest #WageGap of 9% b/c salaries r public.#UpgradeNY laws for #EqualPay! WATCH: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
  • Why is #WageGap for lawyers 20%? One reason: pay secrecy. Join @NY4Women #UpgradeNY laws 4 #EqualPay! DYK: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
  • Women r:4.2% of F500 CEOs, 20% of Senate, 15% of the military, but 51% of pop.! #UPgradeNY laws to UP the #s! @NY4Women Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6
  • DYK Higher education increases wage gap for women! Stop pay discrimination! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy


  • Construction Contractors still ask women what r u doing on this site! Stop wage bias #UpgradeNY @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
  • 1978 goal for women in construction contracts: 6.9%. 2013 Reality: only 2.6%! #UpgradeNY laws @NY4Women http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy
  • Women r 15% of the military but less than 3% of trade workers. #WEArestrong & want high paying work!@NY4Women #UpgradeNY laws for equal jobs!
  • Women r 12% of police officers. but 3% of working skilled trade workers. Sign @NY4Women Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6 to #UpgradeNY laws
  • Women r 43% of bus drivers,35% of athletes/coaches/umps but less than 3% in skilled trades.
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Online Equal Pay Event – 10/15 1PM

A new Gallup poll confirms that Americans – women, men, liberals, moderates, and conservatives – all see Equal Pay as a TOP issue for working women. What can we do in NY to make that a reality? Tune into  NYS PowHER Google Hangout on Equal Pay

The #POWHERList Campaign wants to keep women’s economic issues on the table during this election season…and in the future! Together we will!  Click for more info

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Paycheck Fairness Act moves forward in Senate

JUST IN: By a vote of 73-25, the Senate has agreed to move on to a full debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act for the first time. (This bill is the model for the NYS Women’s Equality Act pay equity provisions.)

Finally, Americans will get a hearing on the Senate floor about the issue. The next big vote will be the one to end debate which needs 60 votes before the bill can have an up or down vote. Then a simple majority is needed to pass the bill.

While it is still an uphill battle to get this passed, and there’s a rough road ahead for the cloture vote needed to end debate, this is the farthest the bill has gone. The issue will have visibility and anything can happen in an election year.

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Join #POWHERList Hangout on Wednesday @1PM!

Finally, women’s issues are taking center stage in the election debate across the country, and especially here in New York. While the NYS Women’s Equality Act would significantly expand women’s rights, achieving economic equality is the next challenge – and opportunity – ahead.

Now is the time to ask! That’s why the NYS PowHER Network created the #POWHERLIST Campaign to spotlight the need for increased economic opportunity and fairness, and to focus on solutions.

Our #POWHERLIST proposes a dozen key issues that must be addressed to create economic equality. We know there are much more and are asking YOU, New York leaders and experts: “What’s on Your POWHERList? And, every Wednesday until Election Day we will talk about the answers!

Be part of NYS PowHER *Network’s Women’s Equality Wednesdays!

1. Google Hangout: Wednesday – 09/10/2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Featuring national activist, author Ellen Bravo of Family Values @ Work and Ana Oliveira, President, NY Women’s Foundation, moderated by Beverly Neufeld of NYS PowHER.

2. Tweet on Wednesday: Tell us what’s on YOUR #POWHERList using @NYSPowHER #POWHERList

•LIVE @ 1PM @NYSPowher @FmlyValuesWork @NYWomensFdn talk #equalpay in election http://bit.ly/RaisetheVolumeLive #POWHERList
• ATTN #NYWomen: Have you heard about the #POWHERList? ow.ly/i/6LiMk Learn more: bit.ly/POWHERlisthub
• The #POWHERLIST proposes a dozen issues that must be addressed to create economic equality. Check it out: bit.ly/MyPOWHERList

3. Share Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/624715767647570/

4. Join the NYS PowHER Network! Individuals and organizations are welcome! Get campaign updates. Become a PowHER Source!

*NYS PowHER thanks its Partners and Friends including: A Better Balance, AAUW-NYS, Change Create Transform Foundation, Collaboration for Construction Women, Domestic Workers United, Enterprising and Professional Women NYC, Equal Pay Coalition NYC, Equal Rights Advocates, Inclusion Strategies, Lean In NY, National Association of Female Executives, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Women’s Foundation, NYS Paid Leave Coalition, ROC-NY, Take the Lead, Women’s City Club of New York, YWCA of NYS. JOIN our growing network!

NYS PowHER is an inclusive statewide network committed to securing economic equality for all New York women. NYS power’s collaborative actions will attain POWER: Poverty Solutions, Opportunity and Access, Workplace Fairness, Healthier Lives, Equal Pay, and Representation at all Tables. www.NYSPowHER.org @NYSPowHER info@nyspowher.org

NYS PowHER is a non-partisan, non-profit project.

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Rally for Women’s Equality Act!

Advocates and Legislators call on NYS Senate to take a vote on the 10 Point Women’s Equality Act

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Nov 14 – Noon to 1:00 – Twitter Focus on Young Women

Thanks, AAUWNY for leading Twitter Power Lunch on Thursday 11/14 at Noon and supplying us with the following:

The needs and challenges facing New York’s young women are many. They have paid a high cost for their education, they are coming to maturity in the midst of an economic downturn, the work world is still filled with discriminatory practices which limit their options, and they suffer the same pay inequity their mothers and grandmothers faced, in too many cases.

The Women’s Equality Agenda is a package of legislation addresses employment discrimination by ending sexual harassment on the job, enforcing equal pay laws, and provide expanded access to legal justice. WEA will ensure young women get a good start on their work careers and get the economic security, justice, and freedom from violence that are essential to women’s equality for all of NY’s 10 million women. We need laws as strong as NY’s women.

TAKE ACTION: WEA Power-Lunch: Tweet for Equality for Young Women 12 PM – 1 PM – Thursday, Nov 14

Sample Tweets:
@NY4Women Young women 1 yr out of college are paid 6.6% less than their male counterparts. That’s $2,800! We need to #UpgradeNY laws Watch Fun Video:http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy

$2,800 pay gap 4 young woman buys a year of groceries or 750 gallons of gas! #UpgradeNY @AAUWNY @EqualPayNY http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy

Use Hashtags: #UpgradeNY #WEA @EqualPayNY Change.org Petition: chn.ge/1gMx5u6 WEA VIDEO:http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazyLEARN

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NY WEA Rallies for Stronger Pregnancy Law

New York, N.Y. – The New York Women’s Equality Coalition was joined by pregnant women and new mothers in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act today. Despite it being illegal for over three decades, pregnancy discrimination still persists across New York State. Women are routinely pushed out of their jobs when they require a modest adjustment in order to stay healthy and on the job. The New York Women’s Equality Agenda includes a critically important measure that would strengthen pregnancy discrimination protections and ensure that no woman has to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her job. However, this provision will die on December 31st, 2013, unless state legislators take action. A Better Balance, NOW-NYC, and Equal Pay Coalition NYC organized the rally.

As Christy Turlington Burns, model, maternal health advocate, and founder of Every Mother Counts said.

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