Carnegie Mellon University
October 01, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Experts Discuss Strategies For Closing the Gender Pay Gap on WQED Special, Oct. 2

Social Television Experience To Engage Audience Members Around the Globe

Contact: Abby Simmons / / 412-268-4290

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s Ayana Ledford and Linda Babcock will be among featured experts on “Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay,” a one-hour talk show exploring ways to overcome barriers to equal pay through policy, improved workplace practices and the empowerment of women. The show will be hosted by CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

The show, produced by WQED Multimedia in partnership with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, will debut before a live, studio audience at 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 2, on WQED. At the same time, Ledford will moderate interactive discussions and polls with experts and audience members around the globe via OVEE, a social television experience incorporating a live webstream of the show.

Experts slated to join the live discussion are:

  • 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act namesake Lilly Ledbetter;
  • National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill;
  • Ms. Foundation for Women CEO and President Teresa Younger;
  • American Association of University Women Executive Director and CEO Linda Hallman; and
  • YWCA-USA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron.

As founding executive director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS), Ledford leads efforts to foster positive societal change for women and girls through education, partnerships and research. PROGRESS, based in the H. John Heinz III College, has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania to launch the “Win-Win: How to Get What You Want” badge and developed a video game with CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center to help young women understand the value of negotiation in the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics, holds a joint appointment in the Heinz College and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is founder and faculty director of PROGRESS, and co-founder and faculty director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, a Tepper School of Business Executive Education program offered in partnership with the Heinz College. PROGRESS and the academy are based on Babcock’s research and bestselling books with co-author Sara Laschever, “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” and “Ask For It: How Women Can Get What They Really Want.”

Public television stations throughout the country will air “Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay” following the Oct. 2 debut on WQED. Preview videos are now live at