Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement Recognizing Equal Pay Day

Lucy Hill
Апреля 11, 2017

"Equal Pay Day acknowledges that much work remains in our efforts to ensure gender equality, and today is an opportunity to bring awareness to the national pay gap that affects women across the country", said Rep. Espaillat.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, posted a series of tweets, including: "The Pay Gap is an affront to women's contributions to our communities".

Local business owners like Lisa Sharp are showing their support for equal pay day with sales at their businesses. A woman would have to work until she is 71 years old to make what a man makes by the time he is 60 years old.

According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the gender wage gap in OH will not close for another 50 years.

The wage gap is not a "women's issue" - it's one of fundamental fairness. Black women make 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid 46 percent less than whites.

Legislation was proposed a year ago to help address the gender pay gap by allowing employees to openly talk about their pay, but it did not pass. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has a slightly more optimistic figure, with women earning 83 cents for every dollar a man earns-which translates into $3.27 less per hour based on the median hourly wage. The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum confirms that March 7 is Equal Pay Day for Asian Women, as "an Asian American women, on average, earns 85 cents for every dollar a white man earns".

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A recent study found Florida may be the first state to close the gender wage gap.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic date when working women's pay catches up to men's from the previous year.

After strong progress shrinking the pay disparity in the 1980s and 1990s, the improvement has slowed recently.

That gap is more severe for minority women.

According to data from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Labor, most women do not make as much money annually as men do. That legislation empowered women to recover wages lost to pay discrimination.

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