Tuesday, April 12, 2016 01:27 PM
For 20 years, Pay Equity Day has highlighted the disparity in workplace earnings between men and women. The day, held in April, represents the extra days a full-time working woman would have to work just to make the same as a man in the previous year.
State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed a resolution in the Senate today highlighting the issue.
“If women earned the exact same amount as our male counterparts, we would be able to afford seven additional months of mortgage and utility payments or afford nearly two years’ worth of food in one’s lifetime.”
While the gap in earning has narrowed since the mid-1960s, women overall are still paid only 79 cents for every dollar paid to men.
For women of color, the disparity is even greater.
African-American women only make 63 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas earn just 54 cents.