Monthly Archives: June 2019

Pittsburgh Gender Analysis Update

The Gender Equity Commission (GEC) of Pittsburgh, through the City, is contracting with the University of Pittsburgh to conduct a city-wide intersectional gender study. This Gender Analysis will provide data on the status of women and girls in Pittsburgh for the City to use as a base for setting priorities. It will also give a clearer picture of how Pittsburgh compares to other similar cities when it comes to gender equality. 

Sara Goodkind, team lead on the Gender Analysis and a member of Pittsburgh for CEDAW’s steering committee, attended the June 20th meeting of CEDAW as a guest speaker. Sara explained the four parts of the Gender Analysis: 

  1. The first part uses administrative data such as census data to compare Pittsburgh to other US cities with similar demographics.
  2. Part two of the study will focus on Pittsburgh city government employment data. 
  3. For part three, the researchers will talk with Pittsburgher’s and collect their stories and experiences through a series of focus groups. The focus groups will take place in various neighborhoods around the City.
  4. Part four will serve as a summary of the analysis with final thoughts and possible policy recommendations. 

You can attend the next GEC meeting on July 16 for an update on the first part of the analysis.

Unchained: Ending Child Marriages in PA

From Unchained at Last: On June 5, 2019 The Pennsylvania house of representatives voted unanimously today in favor of HB360, the bill we’re promoting to end child marriage. The bill heads to the senate next – and you can help make sure it passes there too. Email PA senators now to urge them to pass the Senate version, SB81. To learn more about “Unchained At Last” check out their website Unchained at Last and these TEDX videos

There is an upcoming event in Harrisburg, June 26, 2019

The Pittsburgh for CEDAW Coalition Supports the PA Family Care Act

The PA Family Care Act recognizes the need for employees to take time to care for their families at critical times. There is bipartisan support for the Paid Family Care and Medical Leave Insurance in both the PA House and Senate. You can show your support by writing or calling your state representatives and request that they co-sponsor this life-changing legislation.

  • “The Family Care Act” is a simple, well-tested mechanism. Similar state insurance funds are already in place in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Washington, and Washington D.C.
  • These funds help ensure small businesses can compete with large companies to recruit and retain top-tier talent.
  • State taxpayers will also benefit long term from this program. Data shows that individuals who take paid leave are 39% less likely to report using public assistance in the year following a child’s birth.
  • Just 6% of the lowest wage earners receive paid family leave compared to 22% of those in the top sector.
  • While the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees unpaid time off to care for a ill family member or new child, most Americans cannot sustain their families for more than two weeks without a paycheck.

Learn more here!  Click on links to read the PA House and Senate memorandum. Join us in telling our legislators to pass the Family Care Act!