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Group to present results of workplace wage equality study

A group of Rochester-area business and community leaders is pushing for equal pay for women and will present the results of a workplace wage equality survey on National Pay Equity Day.

The Coalition on Pay Equity is a collective of women who have come together to begin a dialogue about pay equity. The group’s mission is to empower and support women and underrepresented groups in their efforts toward pay equity.

The group will join the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Greater Rochester Area branch of the American Association of University Women to present the results of its pay equity survey on Tuesday at the Perkins Mansion on East Avenue.

Coalition on Pay Equity notes nationally women earn 78 percent of what men earn across all professions and distinctions. The pay gap widens as women age, the group contends. Among the Fortune 500 companies, one-quarter of top execs and 4 percent of CEOs are women, officials note.

“On a local level, Rochester relies on its women and minorities for financial strength,” officials said in a statement. “Minorities and women own more than half of the businesses in Rochester. Yet Rochester citizens still struggle to get by, with almost a third of its citizens below the poverty line.”

To register for the free event, email sbac@ur.rochester.edu.

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