Equal Pay for Equal Work: Why Is This So Complicated?

Posted on March 15, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Find Out from New ‘Women In Human Services Hall of Famer’ Gabriela Rosa

Gabriela Rosa accepts award with Catholic Charities Bronx Regional Coordinator Rev. Eric Cruz

It seems a no brainer, equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, regardless of cause.  Yet even now, in the 21st century, women still do not get equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value.  Nonprofit social service organizations -- predominantly “manned” by women -  pay a fraction of the salaries  offered by for-profit organizations.

Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York, a statewide coalition of more than 350 nonprofit human services providers calling for increased State investment in the sector’s workforce and infrastructure, highlighted this during their Women in Human Services Hall of Fame held in Albany on Tuesday, March 13th.  To hammer this message home, they spotlighted a particularly noteworthy woman of our own here at Catholic Charities NY, Gabriela Rosa.

The first female Dominican elected to the NYS Assembly, Ms. Rosa now serves as Associate Director for Catholic Charities Community Services in the Bronx. Her work involves distributing food for the hungry, getting services for day laborers and, in short, empowering those in need.

“Women in human services are doing critical and important work in our communities,” Ms. Rosa told the Albany gathering.  “Yet fair and equity pay is an issue considering these employees are skilled and essential for the care of New Yorkers of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

The Women in Human Services Hall of Fame event, held during March, AKA Women’s History Month, underscored the value of women like Ms. Rosa in building a better New York.  As is, odds against women are steep:

“Low wages are an ongoing issue for the workforce,” Ms. Rosa added.  “They present a real challenge for recruitment and retention for nonprofit organizations.”

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