For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294
On Equal Pay Day, Planned Parenthood of New York City Urges Policymakers to Close the Pay Gap
PPNYC Joins NYC Council Women's Caucus in Calling for Passage of the NY Equal Pay Bill
NEW YORK — In recognition of National Equal Pay Day (April 14), Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) is joining the Women's Caucus of the New York City Council in calling for passage of the NY Equal Pay Bill and other policies to ensure equal pay for equal work.
“More women than ever before are now in the workforce. As one of New York City’s leading sexual and reproductive health care providers, we care for women everyday who are working full-time yet are still struggling to make ends meet," said Joan Malin, PPNYC President and CEO.
According to the latest data from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), full-time working women earn just 78 cents on average for every dollar a man earns. The gap is even wider for women of color, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latinas earning 54 cents for every dollar a white man earns.
"The pay gap in New York is slightly better than the national average with women making 86 cents on the dollar, but any pay gap undermines the well-being of women, their families, and their communities," said Malin. "For women of color in New York and nationwide, the pay gap is much wider. This is unacceptable. We’re joining gender equity champions in the New York City Council in supporting legislation that would ensure that all New Yorkers receive equal pay for equal work."
● The gender gap in pay persists in New York despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work.
○ According to research from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a woman in New York who holds a full-time job is paid, on average, $44,114 per year while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $51,414 per year.
○ This means that women in New York are paid 86 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly wage gap of $7,300 between men and women who work full time in the state.
● More women than ever have entered the workforce, thanks in large part to expanded access to birth control.
○ A 2012 University of Michigan study found that fully one-third of the wage gains women have made since the 1960s are the result of access to oral contraceptives. This study also found that the decrease in the gap among 25–49-year-olds between men’s and women’s annual incomes “would have been 10 percent smaller in the 1980s and 30 percent smaller in the 1990s” in the absence of widespread legal birth control access.
For an interview with a PPNYC spokesperson, please contact Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7294 or [email protected]
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
April 14, 2015