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Equal pay for women

Tuesday, April 25, was Equal Pay Day. To match men’s earnings for 2005, women have to work from January, 2005, to April, 2006, – an extra four months. Equal Pay Day takes place each year on a Tuesday in April, symbolizing the point in the next week and year to which a woman must work to achieve pay equity. Her male counterpart must work five days a week for 12 months, whereas she will work seven days a week for 16 months to earn equivalent wages.

Women continue to earn only 77 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts.

Pay equity is a family issue, and closely linked to poverty eradication. If single working mothers earned as much as men doing comparable work, their poverty rates would be cut in half, from 24.3 percent to 12.6 percent.

If our Congressional representatives want to show that they recognize the unfairness in the wage gap and how it hurts California women and families, they should support legislation to close the gender wage gap, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 74/ H.R. 2397) and the Fair Pay Act (S. 841/H.R. 1697). It’s the right thing to do.

Elaine Sierra

Grass Valley

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