Equal Pay Day, 2018
April 10, 2018
WHEREAS, the Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, but women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay; and
WHEREAS, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statics, women who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2016 had median usual weekly earnings that were 82 percent of what men earned; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania women who are employed full-time lose a combined total of nearly $34 billion each year; and
WHEREAS, women remain an important factor in the nation’s labor force, driving decades of economic growth, and must be provided with equal economic opportunity; and
WHEREAS, fairness, inclusion, and trust are necessary for a healthy society and a healthy commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, a lifetime of lower pay means women have less income to save for retirement and less income counted in a Social Security or pension benefit formula; and
WHEREAS, fair pay equity policies can be implemented simply and without undue costs or hardship in both public and private sectors; and
WHEREAS, fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs while enhancing the American economy.
THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 10, 2018, as EQUAL PAY DAY. I encourage all residents to recognize the value and importance of pay equity and the important role it plays in our communities.
GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this ninth day of April two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.