Another one of those glaring social inequities nobody’s fixed is the pay gap between men and women — even at the upper echelons of nonprofit organizations, where women have long played key roles. Research shows that in that sector, as elsewhere, women make about 74 cents on the dollar of mens’ pay, CEO level included.
Tonight, Robert Morris University’s Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
hosts a fundraiser titled “The Great Debate
,” with local business and opinion leaders contending over whether “nonprofits have more important priorities than addressing pay equity.”
Debaters include: Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation
; RMU professor of management Daria C. Crawley; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
columnist Ruth Ann Dailey; Dutch MacDonald, president and CEO of MAYA Design; and Erin Molchany, who is Southwest Pennsylvania director for Gov. Tom Wolf.
The emcee is Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant, and the moderator is Penina Leiber, a partner at law firm Dinsmore & Shohl.
Today is “Equal Pay Day” — the day until which the average woman must work in order to make the same pay that a man in the same job made the previous year. Raising awareness of this issue has been a mission of the Bayer Center in recent years.
The audience will vote on the proposition both before and after the debate.
The Great Debate event runs 5:30-8 p.m. at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., in Oakland.
to this fundraiser are $74 and include two drink tickets and plentiful hors d’ouevres before the debate.