Breed, Campos join call for closing gender pay gap

When it comes to closing the gender pay gap, San Francisco fares better than other locations but still falls short, according to a new report by the American Association of University Women San Francisco.

During a rally Tuesday, which the Board of Supervisors declared Equal Pay Day, board President London Breed said, “We should already be at a point where we are dollar for dollar. We have a long way to go.”

She called on San Francisco businesses to “step up to the plate and make sure that your companies are treating the women of your companies fairly in their wages.”

Roberta Guise, co-chair AAUW SF Branch, said: “I wish we didn’t have to be here today. It would mean that women get paid the same as men for doing the same work. But it’s not myth. Women do the same work but don’t get paid as much.”

The group’s research found that San Francisco women earn 81 cents to every man’s dollar while nationwide the average is 78 cents. For women of color, the gender earning gap is wider with black women earning 64 cents on the dollar and Latino women 56 cents.

Supervisor David Campos recently passed a law that moves The City a step toward closing the gender pay gap by requiring business contracting with the city to report the pay by gender. If a gender gap is revealed there could be consequences.

“The reason why this continues is because we don’t really talk about salaries,” Campos said. “It’s one of those unknown hidden things.”

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