Testimony: Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap in Pennsylvania

Natalie Sabadish
Publication Date: 
July 30, 2014

Testimony to the House Democratic Policy Committee


Natalie Sabadish

Policy Analyst, Keystone Research Center

July 30, 2014


Good afternoon, Representative Donatucci, members of the House Democratic Policy Committee, and members of the public. My name is Natalie Sabadish, and I am a Policy Analyst for the Keystone Research Center and pursuing a graduate degree in public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. KRC is an independent, non-partisan economic research and policy organization. A core focus of KRC’s research is on the performance of the Pennsylvania economy from the perspective of typical families, including many working women. I am here today to speak in support of House Bill 1250.

It has been over 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law and even longer since Pennsylvania passed its own Equal Pay Law. These were milestone pieces of legislation at the time, mandating equal pay for equal work. However, even President Kennedy maintained that, although the “legislation [was] a significant step forward,”… “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity.”[1] By amending the state’s Equal Pay Law and increasing penalties for unfair pay practices, HB1250 represents another important step towards combating discrimination in Pennsylvania.

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[1] John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum