Education and Resources


To redress gender discrimination in Pittsburgh, the Gender Equity Commission is working with a research team at the University of Pittsburgh on a city-wide Gender Analysis.The Gender Analysis will look at disaggregated data to address intersectional gender discrimination, including identity, expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, diverse abilities, education, income, and other factors. Based upon the equity disparities identified in the analysis, the GEC will work with the City to create a specific five-year action plan and ongoing plans, then monitor and guide their implementation.

The first component of the Gender Analysis is a white paper called "Pittsburgh's Inequality Across Gender and Race," introduced at a press conference on September 17, 2019.

Read the GEC Statement about the report and FAQs in response to community questions.

Read the response to the report by a collective of Black women and femmes in Pittsburgh (September 26, 2019)

What is CEDAW?

Cities for CEDAW

  • Cities for CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is a campaign to “Make the Global Local” and protect the rights of women and girls by passing legislation in cities and towns across the United States. In 2016, Pittsburgh became the 6th U.S. city to pass a local CEDAW ordinance.

Educating ourselves about gender

Gender and Sex 101: Gender Equity in the Classroom and Beyond

  • A 'gender and sex 101' resource created by Jessie Ramey, the Director of Chatham's Women's Institute and a Gender Equity Commissioner (February, 2018).

Gender and Sexuality: Binary or Fluid?

While one might assume that that there are "opposite" genders or sexes, many people self-identify as trans or gender non-conforming. And TSER (Trans Student Education Resources)-- a national organization led entirely by trans youth-- points out the distinctions between gender identity, gender presentation/expression, sex, and attraction. They advocate for recognition that people might identify as, express themselves as, and be attracted to, many genders. Learn more on their website.

Local Resources

Femisphere Initiative

  • Femisphere is an initiative of the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh focused on investing in strategic initiatives to break down barriers that prevent mothers and children from being economially secure. "With Femisphere, the Women and Girls Foundation will reimagine Pittsburgh as a place that puts women at the center of economic growth and poverty reduction efforts."

Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

  • The FISA Foundation commissioned this data snapshot to draw attention to gender and racial disparities faced by Black girls in the Pittsburgh region.

State Resources

National/International Resources

Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the U.S.

  • The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute studied ways in which local governments in the U.S. incorporated human rights in their efforts to advance gender equity. This study addresses the benefits of addressing women's rights through a human rights lens. The GEC approach is inspired by such efforts.

Cities for CEDAW Campaign

  • This one-pager Includes information on the mission of Cities for CEDAW, what Cities for CEDAW looks like when implemented in local governments, and how CEDAW can advance gender equity within cities. Join the CEDAW movement in your city!

"The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap"

  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) created a presentation comparing women's and men's median salaries. Their findings discuss causes of the gender pay gap, the gap's connection to sexual orientation and identity, and solutions to fix this difference.