Connecticut Lawmakers Pushing For Pay Equity Legislation

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05 April, 2017

April 4 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how long women, on average, have to work into 2017 to match what men earned in 2016.

Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. That gap is even more pronounced for women of color, as black and Latina women earn 70 and 60 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to a white male.

The National Partnership analysis showed that, if the gap were closed, me women could afford food for 1.5 more years, 7.5 more months of mortgage payments, almost 13 months more of rent and more than 14 months of additional child care annually than they are able to pay for at their present wages.

According to their analysis, Utah women employed full time, year-round, are paid just 71 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Crimson & Whipped Cream will offer 20 percent off to women April 4. It hurts our families, our businesses, and our communities.

"And finally, Latinas are by far the lowest paid workers".

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The Paycheck Fairness Act would increase transparency about salary information, ensure that women can access remedies available for other forms of wage discrimination, and allow victims to receive compensatory and punitive damages. She said that the state can start by supporting programs that help women access higher education or higher paying jobs, and train them to negotiate their salaries. The Labor Department put that figure about 82 cents for every dollar a man made in 2016. The NWLC also details that the lifetime losses due to the wage gap in Missouri totals over $600,000 for black women and almost $750,000 for Latina women.

Women with associate degrees can earn less than men with a high school diploma, she said.

This means women and their families are being wildly shortchanged over the course of their lifetime - costing the average woman between $700,000 and $2 million.

Brands participating in the #20PercentCounts campaign include Lyft (which, aside from offering a 20-percent discount will also donate 20 percent of its profits on Equal Pay Day to various women's organizations), LUNA, Procter & Gamble, and Salesforce.

Click on the map below to see the gender pay gap and median salaries by state. The "Paycheck Fairness Act" has been introduced before but has ultimately fallen short. According to the American Association of University Women, at this rate, national pay equity will not be achieved until 2152.


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