Members of the Gender Equity Commission

Gender Equity Commissions Group Photo with Mayor Peduto


Jessie Ramey

Jessie is the Founding Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also the Founding Chair of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission. Dr. Ramey is a historian of gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Her book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages, won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. For her work connecting scholarship and activism, she received the Feminist Change Agent Award from the National Women’s Studies Association, a Special Recognition Award from Strong Women/Strong Girls, Pittsburgh’s BEST Ally Award from SisTersPGH, and the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh. A parent of two seventh-generation Pittsburghers, Dr. Ramey lives in the city and has been active in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 15 years.