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2017 Equal Pay Day

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Morey Hall 321

Keynote: Lauren Deutsch, Esq.

Panelists: Marie-Joelle Estrada, PhD; Morgan Levy, JD; Elizabeth Sciavolino, MA

On average, women are paid 20% less than their male counterparts for the same work despite multiple legal initiatives to combat the gender pay gap. Our diverse group of panelists explored the contemporary remnants of this archaic gap between women’s and men’s incomes, which significantly impacts women’s lives in all paid-labor settings. Event-goers also discussed what we as individuals can do to combat this inequity.

This event was sponsored by the Coalition for Pay Equity, Rochester’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, and the American Association of University Women. This event was co-sponsored by Simon Women in Business, College Feminists, UR Women’s Rugby, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Theta Chi Fraternity, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.


Lauren Deutsch, Esq. has been the Executive Director of the Healthy Baby Network since October 2014, and has been a lifelong advocate for social and economic justice for women and girls. Lauren received her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in 2001, and worked in migrant women’s health in San Diego, California prior to law school. She graduated with her juris doctor degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008, and began her legal career in New York City as a Postgraduate Domestic Violence Fellow before joining the Domestic Violence Unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester in 2010. Lauren has conducted multiple trainings in working with traumatized clients, and most recently conducted a study on bruising injuries in victims of color. Lauren’s passion for women’s health justice and her vision for change make her a dedicated advocate for underserved and vulnerable women.

Marie-Joelle Estrada, PhD is a social psychologist who teaches the Psychology of Gender course at the University of Rochester. In addition to teaching this class, she has a research background in the psychology of gender. One of her primary research interests is how the socialization of gender affects the way that men and women see themselves and the comfort they have with asserting power in the workforce.

Morgan Levy, JD has worked at the University of Rochester for 8 years, the past four of which have been spent as the Director of Equal Opportunity and University Title IX Coordinator. She oversees the University’s compliance with state and federal laws related to harassment, discrimination and equal opportunity and serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff who believe that they have been treated badly due to their race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc. She is responsible for the University’s Affirmative Action plan which is an important tool the University uses to identify and remedy potential inequities in areas of hiring, promotion, terminations and compensation.

Elizabeth Sciavolino, MA received her master’s degree in critical methodologies from King’s College London. She works to understand the interconnectedness between pay equity and women’s empowerment, specifically in the Rochester region. She currently works for the Monroe County Youth and Family Partnership program. Ms. Sciavolino will be discussing the COPE Rochester survey findings about the gender pay gap in the Rochester area.