History of the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission

The Commission was created by the City of Tucson Ordinance 4416 on December 8, 1975 as part of the celebration of International Women’s Year and also Tucson’s Bicentennial Anniversary. On March 17, 1992, the Pima County Board of Supervisors followed suit by adopting Resolution 1992 expanding the Commission to Pima County. The Commission owns its own historic adobe building in the heart of Downtown Tucson & seeks qualified Commissioners who share our vision of women’s equality.

Why we need the Women’s Commission

 Some 50 years after the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are paid only 82% of what men earn with the same education and the same background, according to studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics released in 2008-2009. Studies are conducted every 10 years.
While culture pays a role with men majoring in engineering, technology & mathematics, higher paying jobs, & women majoring in education & the humanities, where there is pay equity, even women business majors earn only $38,000 vs. $45,000 for their male counterparts.
Women are behind men in pay just one year following university graduation and they never catch up. This pay gap exists & gender discrimination has resulted in lawsuits with millions of dollars paid out.
With women earning less, they cannot repay student loans, get car or home loans, even paying rent is a problem.
While women finance their education through $20,000, they don’t reap the same rewards. The problem must first be recognized; employers must provide more transparent pay systems; job categories must be made & the 1963 Equal Pay Act must be updated for employers to provide more fair rules for women.
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