Blog re/post of Pa Representative Mike O’Brian’s newsletter: Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into this year full-time working women must head into work – in addition to last year – in order to earn what their male counterparts earned last year. Here are the real and sad statistics surrounding the persistent wage gap that plagues working women across the nation. A new study finds that in the U.S., women on average have to work 50 years to earn what men earn in 40 years for the same or similar work. A 20-year-old woman just starting full-time work today stands to lose nearly $420,000 over a 40-year career compared to her male counterpart — that’s more than $10,000 a year lost, simply because she’s a woman. While her male counterpart can retire at age 60 after 40 years of work, she would have to work until age 70 — beyond Social Security’s full retirement age of 67 — to close that gap. In Pennsylvania, the wage gap costs women $430,480 over a 40-year career compared to a man. A woman in Pennsylvania has to work until she is 71 years old just to earn what a man does by the time he is 60. In several municipalities across the state, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, legislation has been passed that strengthens benefits and gives protections to women to ensure they are given the same compensation men receive. Like with commonsense public safety measures surrounding gun violence, Republicans in Harrisburg are working hard to make sure cities like Philadelphia can’t provide those protections when the state refuses to act. Of course, the Republican response makes my blood boil. The rules continue to favor the wealthy and the well-connected, rather than you and your family. It’s time to change the rules – and it is long past time for Pennsylvania to end wage discrimination based on gender and to require corporations and businesses to pay women the same wage for the same work.
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