In a huge feature on Elizabeth Rowe’s demand for equal pay with principal oboe John Ferrillo, Geoff Edgers repots in today’s Washington Post that the orchestra and its troubled flute will enter mediation this week.
If that fails, it’s straight to court.
… Speaking publicly for the first time about the lawsuit, Rowe says her case has far-reaching implications. Her lawsuit will be the first against an orchestra to test Massachusetts’ new equal-pay law, its outcome potentially affecting women across the U.S. workforce who are paid less than their male colleagues.
“Money is the one thing that we can look to to measure people’s value in an organization,” Rowe says. “You look at the number of women that graduate from conservatories and then you look at the number of women in the top leadership positions in orchestras, and it’s not 50-50 still. Women need to see equality, and they need to see fairness in order to believe that that’s possible.”
Rowe, 44, makes $250,149 a year. Ferillo, 63, is on $314,600.
Read on here.