Pay Equity

The issue of women’s economic empowerment, through the focused lens of paycheck fairness, will provide opportunities for our individual members, WRJ sisterhoods, WRJ Districts, Reform congregations, and others in the Reform Movement to engage in legislative advocacy, social action efforts, and educational programs. Pay equity is a real concern for our members throughout North America, in Israel, and around the world. The injustice of unequal pay persists in society at large and within the Jewish community, where our faith values compel WRJ women to lead the charge to right this wrong. The WRJ pay equity initiative will create partnership opportunities within and beyond the walls of our synagogues, connecting to other religious and secular organizations to unite in the fight for women’s equality. Perhaps most importantly, we take this opportunity to begin a conversation about women’s equality in the workplace, in society, and in our personal lives to ensure that the next generation of women will not face the same injustices  women face today.

At the WRJ Assembly 2015 Opening Plenary on November 4, 2015 after hearing from WRJ Jane Evans "Pursuit of Justice" Award winner Lilly Ledbetter, WRJ voted to adopt a resolution in support of equal pay for equal work. Read the resolution and take action today!

Introduce the topic of pay equity by reading Lilly Ledbetter's book Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond with your sisterhood, congregation, and community. Use the WRJ discussion guide to help initiate your conversation. 

Pay Equity Articles & Resources

Key Dates for Programming Opportunities

Programming materials are available in the sidebar; more coming soon!

  • April 4, 2017 - Equal Pay Day 2017: This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Past Dates for Programming Opportunities

January 2015

  • Beginning of 114th Congress (Jan. 3, 2015): Coordinated, faith-based sign-on letter to members of the new Congress. Look out for information about contacting your Members of Congress to urge them to support equal pay.
  • WRJ Fried Leadership Conference (Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Austin, TX): Workshops and Advocacy Training

March–April 2015

  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Purim (Mar. 5): Esther provides a role model of a women speaking out for justice; this can be a model for women today as well.
  • Pesach (Seder on Apr. 3): Use this opportunity to highlight the role of women in the Passover story and the importance of fully valuing their impact on society.
  • Equal Pay Day (Apr. 14): The day on which women, set behind in their earnings by the wage gap, finally earn the equivalent of what men earned in the previous year.
  • Consultation on Conscience (Apr. 26-28 in Washington, D.C.)

May 2015

  • Closing Meeting (May): Feature a panel or speaker who can address the topic

August 2015

  • Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26): The day that the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, became law.

Fall 2015

  • Opening Meeting (Sept.-Oct.): Feature a panel or speaker who can address equal pay