The United State of Women is a movement, initially convened by the White House, taking action on key gender equality issues. Recently, the United State of State of Women profiled national leaders in the fight to close the gender wage gap, and featured our Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson.
Fromson is a champion calling for economic justice in Pennsylvania, lending her expertise to advocate for progressive policy reform related to minimum wage, pregnancy discrimination, workplace equality and of course, pay discrimination. In 2014, Fromson testified before the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia on the persistence of the wage gap and proposed policy solutions. Despite robust evidence that Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Act has too many loopholes to be effective, the Pennsylvania Legislature did not pass an equal pay law this session.
As a result of the failure, Pennsylvania women are behind the curve: American women are not on track to achieve equal pay until 2058. Without corrective policy, Pennsylvania women will not earn equal pay until the year 2072.
Fromson is the state lead in Pennsylvania for Equal Pay Today! Campaign, a project of the Tides Center that is an innovative collaboration of women’s legal and worker’s rights organizations working at state, regional, and national levels to challenge the legal, policy, and cultural barriers that have allowed the gender wage gap to persist.
Check out the #StateofWomen Spotlight Report here, and be sure to sign up to receive our Action Alerts if you want to stay informed about efforts to close the gender and racial wage gaps in Pennsylvania.
The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.