Keeping up the Fight for Equal Pay

More than 50 years after John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to abolish wage discrimination based on gender, women in the United States still only earn on average 78 cents for every dollar men earn. Last week (April 29), Bay Area business leaders took a step forward to close the gender pay gap by attending Mind the Gap: How to Lead on Equal Pay, an event hosted by the Bay Area Council and our partners from Gap Inc. and the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

The event celebrated the recent California Fair Pay Act and highlighted proactive strategies that local companies are pursuing to equalize pay and promote a culture of equality.  Among the featured speakers were Bay Area Council members Google, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and PwC LLP, and we hope that they inspire more corporate leaders to take action on this important issue.  To learn more about the Council’s Gender Equity work, please contact Policy Manager Emily Loper.

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