Five California Cities Sign First Partner’s Equal Pay Pledge
Last week, California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom announced five cities -- Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, and Fresno -- have signed the California Equal Pay Pledge.
“The pledge is a The California Equal Pay Pledge is a partnership between the Office of the First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to turn the strongest equal pay laws in the nation into the smallest pay gap in the nation,” according to the governor’s office.
Kimberly Ellis, Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, said closing the gender gap is something California “must do.”
“From building credit to building wealth, we know that the wage gap has greatly hindered progress toward actualizing women’s equality,” says Ellis. “The City and County of San Francisco is proud to support the First Partner’s initiative and look forward to doing our part to making pay equity a reality for all women in the Golden State.”
Siebel Newsom said public and private partnerships are essential to closing the gender gap.
“Pay inequity stems from a patriarchal system that was not built with gender equity in mind, but instead built to keep money and power in the hands of few men in control,” she said.
California Black Media is following up with a report on gender and employment that focuses on data specific to Black women.