On Equal Pay Day, Women Still Earn Less -- Even At YMCA

Claire Gordon

The YMCA doesn't have the most inclusive origins when it comes to women. Its name stands for Young Men's Christian Association, after all. But in the last few decades, the youth empowerment nonprofit has made gender equality one of its central tenets. Which is why it came as such a surprise when four women sued the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh last month for paying them less than men in the same or lower positions.

Diane Dennison, 41, is the associate vice president of human resources and leadership at the Pittsburgh YMCA. After a few years there, she began to notice something funny with the numbers. Men at her exact same level, and who were newer to management, were being paid significantly more than she. Three other women in the office suspected the same thing, and they filed their lawsuit together.