Today is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. This day represents the pay gap for white women making about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, but the number is even lower for women of color.
Black women make only around 63 cents while Native American women earn 58 cents and Hispanic women make just 54 cents in comparison to every dollar a man makes.
Equal Pay Day for black women is in August, for Native American women it’s September, and Hispanic women it’s November.
Equal pay for equal work. That sounds pretty simple, right? What about equal pay when in reality women oftentimes take on more responsibility and more work than their male counterparts in the workplace?
Let’s face it, women work HARD. Women work hard to ensure that we keep our jobs and prove ourselves because we are often doubted, overlooked and denied equal opportunity.
Democrats will continue to fight to ensure that the pay gap is closed and we will use today to not only acknowledge the pay gap but as a day to recommit to closing it.
West Virginia women are 52% of the population and still, we are underrepresented and underpaid.
Democrats will continue to push equal pay and paycheck fairness legislation. We will never back down when the Republican Majority and Trump Administration push reckless legislation and roll back protections that benefit and protect women in the workplace.
We are recommitting today, are you?
–Belinda Biafore, Chair