Governor Wolf Urges the U.S. Senate to Pass Paycheck Fairness for Women

April 02, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Marking Equal Pay Day for women today, Governor Tom Wolf is urging the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 7, the landmark Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House last week.

“Women must receive equal pay for equal work,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is about economic justice for all women. Paycheck fairness upholds our values as Americans that hard work should be rewarded. Equal pay is good for women, good for families and will make Pennsylvania and our nation stronger.”

Equal Pay Day is April 2, which symbolizes the date three months into the year when women’s wages catch up with what men were paid the previous year. The pay gap is even greater for women of color.

Pennsylvania women working full time, year-round are paid just 80 cents on the dollar of what men are paid, a gap of 20 percent, the same as the national average. Pennsylvania ranks 24th out of the 50 states for pay disparity. That means Pennsylvania women need to work nearly 15 months for the same paycheck a male worker earns in just a year.

Over their career, pay inequity robs women of an estimated $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate and $2 million for a professional school graduate.

“Businesses, families, workers, and our economy benefit when all employees are paid fairly, regardless of their gender,” said Gov. Wolf. “Women have waited far too long for paycheck fairness. The U.S. House took a dramatic step forward by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. It’s time for the Senate to also pass the federal law and unleash the full power of women in our workforce and economy.”

Governor Wolf took action last year to help level the playing field for women working for the commonwealth. The governor signed an executive order in June that ended the practice of state agencies requiring a job applicant to provide their salary history during the hiring process. The governor continues to urge the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania.

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