Radical Women (RW), a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization, is hosting a rally at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Equal Pay Day, which will occur on Tuesday April 8 this year, aiming to end the pay gap between genders and races in Seattle.
Equal Pay Day is a public awareness event created by the National Committee on Pay Equity to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. According to RW, Seattle has the biggest pay gap between men and women among other major metropolitan areas in the United States.
In April 2013, the National Partnership for Women and Families found that Seattle has the widest gender wage gap of the top 50 metropolitan areas—women only make 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.
The rally, called “Scrap the wage gap,” will gather feminists, unionists, and community activists to speak out regarding the pay gap. Participants will also urge members of City Council to take actions, such as implementing comparable worth policies and creating public works job programs open to all workers.