The annual Gender Equity Symposium offers the Pittsburgh community the time and space to do a deep dive together into the white paper, “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race.” Released recently by Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission, this groundbreaking report on gender and racial inequality in the city found serious disparities for all women, and especially for Black women and girls. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the report looked at 50 different outcomes related to health, income, employment, and education.

During the morning’s plenary session, the University of Pittsburgh scholars will walk through the report’s data and major findings, and host a moderated panel and audience Q&A. After their presentation, the audience will move to break out sessions facilitated by community leaders, members of the Gender Equity Commission, and faculty members of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium. When registering, attendees will choose one of four thematic areas from the report for their break out session (Health, Income & Poverty, Employment, and Education).

The break out sessions will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and engage in robust conversation around the issues raised in the report. The goal is to use this time together to tap the depth and breadth of expertise in our community with the aim of presenting actionable items to the Gender Equity Commission, which will be making policy recommendations to the City.