The documents here illustrate the sustained efforts of women to gain equal pay as New York City teachers in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
A 2013 infographic based on the “NYC Workforce Profile Report” documents occupational categories by gender and ethnicity, managerial status by gender and ethnicity, and gender of NYC workers compared to NYC population.
Pay Equity in Education
Although the bulk of teachers were women, women were not well represented on the Boards of Education. After the consolidation of New York City, State legislation established a gender-based salary schedule with the starting pay for female teachers set at $600 annually while starting pay for male teachers was $900. Women teachers also fought for the right of married women and mothers to continue to teach. Letters drawn from the collections of Mayors Grant, Strong, McClellan, Gaynor, Mitchel and Hylan—a period spanning 44 years—demonstrate the ongoing efforts to achieve equal pay and equal representation within the City school system
NYC Workforce Profiles
Charts from the 2013 NYC Workforce Profile Report produced by the Office of Operations and Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).