Welcome to the Makefield Area Branch of AAUW, committed to the AAUW mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
AAUW of Pennsylvania Applauds Executive Action on Equal Pay
On June 6, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf took action on pay equity by signing an executive order that ends the practice of state agencies requiring a job applicant to provide their salary history during the hiring process. The governor also called on the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania.
Salaries should be based on job responsibilities, position, pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills. When employers ask job candidates about their previous wages and use that information to set pay in a new job, it can contribute to and perpetuate the pay gap many women and people of color face in their careers.
AAUW of Pennsylvania (AAUW-PA) was honored to attend the governor’s signing ceremony. Barbara Price, our public policy co-chair, gave remarks on behalf of AAUW-PA, the only non-government organization invited to participate. Other speakers included the sponsors of pay equity legislation, State Representatives Maria Donatucci and Brian Sims and State Senators Tina Tartaglione and Judy Schwank, and advocate Melissa Robbins, who shared her personal story of unequal pay. Video of the event is available here – you can hear Barbara’s awesome remarks beginning at the 19:53 mark.
This may be only a small step, but it is an important beginning. AAUW-PA will continue to work for pay equity for all Pennsylvanians by advocating for passage of legislation that cover all of our citizens.
- holds regular program meetings, where members learn about a variety of topics from international relations to popular culture
- advocates for public policy goals at the local, state, and national levels
- spearheads the Cops ‘n’ Kids Delaware Valley literacy project
- holds an annual Girls’ Recognition Evening for seventh-grade girls who excel in Math and Science
- helped institute Let’s Read Math, a program to teach children math concepts through reading children’s books
- sponsors interest groups that bring together members to develop shared interests
- gives scholarships to local high school girls and women returning to college
- co-sponsors community events such as the Bucks County Women’s History Month Award
The Makefield Area Branch serves the Yardley-Newtown area and surrounding communities of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania (map).
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