In honor of Equal Pay Day, members of the Providence Human Relations Commission hosted members of the Equal Pay Task Force, the Economic Progress Institute, and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island yesterday, April 2nd, 2019, to discuss pay equity State and City-wide.
Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. While significant work has been done to advance pay equity nationwide, race and gender-based pay gaps remain. In Rhode Island, these are particularly stark for working women of color, as detailed in the Economic Progress Institute and Women’s Fund of Rhode Island’s recently released Working Women of Color report.
The Providence Human Relations Commission applauds the work of the Equal Pay Task Force, Mayor’s Office, and City Council in advancing equal pay City-wide, and looks forward to continuing work with community partners, including the Economic Progress Institute and Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, to move the dial on pay equity State and City-wide.