First Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania Economy,  Equality,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women today joined business leaders, lawmakers and advocates for a roundtable discussion at the Governor’s Residence focused on Governor Wolf’s executive action to address the gender pay gap in state government and the need to enact similar policies to protect all women in Pennsylvania from gender-based pay discrimination.“When women are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid, we have a real problem. And the problem is even worse for women of color with African American women making just 63 cents on the dollar of what men are paid,” the First Lady Wolf said. “We have taken steps to eliminate the gender pay gap for Pennsylvania state employees, but we need to do more. Working together, I know that we can make equal pay for equal work a reality for all Pennsylvanians.”On June 6th, Governor Wolf signed Executive Order: 2018-18-03 – Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth, which directs state agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to:No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring processBase salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skillsClearly explain the pay range on job postingThe Executive Order, which applies to management-level positions, takes effect 90 days from the day it was signed.“The gender pay gap is wrong. It is wrong for women, it is wrong for families and it is wrong for Pennsylvania,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “The Commission for Women was proud to stand with Governor Wolf when he signed his executive order banning this practice in state government, but now we must come together to ensure that no woman in Pennsylvania is paid less simply because of her gender.”The First Lady was also joined by advocates who have been strong voices to end the pay gap in the state capitol and throughout Pennsylvania, including the American Association of University Women.“Pay equity is not just a matter of fairness but the key to families making ends meet,” said AAUW-PA Public Policy Co-Chair Barbara Price. “Wage discrimination limits women’s choices and has real consequences. It impairs their ability to buy homes and pay for a college education and limits their total lifetime earnings, thereby reducing their retirement savings and benefits.”Women working full time, year-round in Pennsylvania are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid. That gap widens among women minorities, with black women making 63 cents on the dollar, Native American women making 57 cents on the dollar, and Latina women making 54 cents on the dollar. Pennsylvania ranks 29th out of the 50 states for pay disparity, and fifth among its seven surrounding states.Tomorrow, August 7, 2018, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which signifies how long into the year it takes an African American woman to make the same amount of money a man makes for the year prior. This means that a black woman would have to work more than 200 additional days to make the same amount of money a white man makes in a year. August 06, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

West Florida Volleyball Survives West Georgia in a Thrilling Five Game Match

first_img Oct. 19, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Georgia Wolves came out swinging and took the first two games against the 24th ranked Argos, only to have UWF fight back and overcome 15 West Georgia blocks to pull out a thrilling victory. The Argos rallied from a 2-0 deficit, to remain unbeaten in GSC play with a 32-34, 23-30, 30-20, 32-30, 15-13 win. After being outplayed early on, the Argos received inspiring play from Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.) and Kara Gonzalez (Fr. / St. Augustine, Fla.) to get the offense cranked up. In the end, the Argos needed 24 kills from Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) and 22 from Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil), to improve their season record to 25-3.The Argos led much of game one, and after a Jamie Nichols (Fr. / Crawfordville, Fla.) kill and a block by Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) and Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil), West Florida had a 29-27 lead, but Caroline Schoeneck answered with two big kills facing game point to even things up. The two teams then traded kills from Rapach, Andressa Martins (UWG), Clark, and Amber Barnlund (UWG), until Shoeneck put the Wolves up by one. Then the Argos ended the first game with a hitting error, to allow West Georgia to escape with a 34-32 game one win. The second game was pretty much all West Georgia, as they recorded 6 blocks in game two alone. The West Florida offense had no answer for the net play of the wolves in the second game. West Georgia’s front line of Barnlund and Jordan McDonald repeatedly stuffed the Argos big hitters at the net.However, down two games to none, Kara Gonzalez jumped started the Argos offense with three early kills in game three to slowly shift the momentum to West Florida. Gualberto and Clark benefitted from the momentum shift, and did the damage down the stretch in the 30-20 game three win. Game four was very close throughout, and a sensational point that featured great defensive plays from Louann Rusch (UWF) and Micque Parker (UWG) finally ended with a monster block by Kara Gonzalez and Kimberly Clark, to put UWF up 29-27. However, Martins answered twice for West Georgia to tie up game four, and then a Clark kill followed by a West Georgia error gave the Argos game four by a 32-30 score.Game five was back and forth, until Rusch had a kill to put the Argos up 11-9. However, West Georgia roared back with two kills from Martins to tie it up. Then a phenomenal scramble by Kimberly Clark and Jerica Carter to save a point put the Argos back up by one. Martins answered back with consecutive kills to put West Georgia up 13-12, but Clark evened things back up with a kill. Following a West Georgia error, Gualberto ended the two and a half hour match with a service ace.Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) paced the Argos with 63 assists, while Clark, Rusch and Carter combined for 56 digs to counter the West Georgia attack. Meanwhile, Kara Gonzalez was the sparkplug in games three and four, and she ended the night with the most efficient attack numbers with seven kills in only 16 attempts. The win moves the Argos to 8-0 in the Gulf South Conference, and drops the Wolves to 4-4 in the conference and 22-9 overall. West Georgia setter Micque Parker had an impressive evening with 53 assists, 16 digs, 5 kills, and 5 blocks.West Florida will host Eckerd College on Sunday, in a 2:00 game that is part of a fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness. West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a little over a year ago, and has had a successful battle to overcome the disease. She is active with the Pensacola Chapter of the Breast Cancer Association. The West Florida Athletic Department and the Sports Management Club present “Pack it Pink” for Sunday’s Volleyball match between UWF and Eckerd College. Print Friendly Version Share West Florida Volleyball Survives West Georgia in a Thrilling Five Game Matchlast_img read more