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Hutchinson raises awareness of pay inequity

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State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) led the Senate in adopting a measure this week raising awareness about the continued issue of pay inequity between men and women in the workplace.

“Every year, we highlight the date women must work into the new year to earn the same amount as our male counterparts in the previous year,” Hutchinson said. “There are things we can do to change this, however, and I am really proud to serve in a body where we keep working on that goal.”

In Illinois, women earn only 78 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. For women of color, the disparity is even wider, with African-American women earning only 61 cents on the dollar and Latina women earning just 53 cents.

Hutchinson’s resolution, Senate Resolution 83, declares April 2, 2019 as Pay Equity Day in Illinois to raise awareness about the endemic inequity.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996.

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