Record numbers of women have entered the workforce in recent decades. However, they often earn less money than men who are working at similar or identical jobs. The maleâ€“female income differential, also called the gender pay gap, refers to the ratio of female to male yearly median earnings among full-time workers. In 2010, the median income of full-time workers was about $43,000 for men and $35,000 for women. The female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.81, meaning that, on average, female workers earned 19% less than their male peers. Studies show much wider gaps exist for women of color and working mothers, and these disparities exist in both the private and government sectors. Women make up about half our workforce and more than 70% are mothers of young children. Some say the pay gap is a myth, arguing that women’s choices, not discrimination, account for the wage gap. Others disagree saying that in most cases, mothers do chose to have children, but they don’t choose the discrimination that often accompanies that decision. They claim women earn less than men even when they work the same number of hours, a gap that exists across every educational level. They say hundreds of studies which have confirmed gender pay differences can only be explained by continued intentional discrimination, or the lingering effects of past discrimination. Advocates say pay disparity greatly undermines the stability of many American households and the quality of life of many American families.
S.84 & H.R.377 – Paycheck Fairness Act
H.R.951 – Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs
I oppose reforming current pay gap policy and wish to defeat S.84 & H.R.377 and H.R.951
I support requiring employers to show pay disparity is related to job-performance rather than gender; prohibiting employers from firing employees who disclose and discuss their salaries publicly; increasing compensation women can seek for pay discrimination and allowing women to not only seek back pay, but also punitive damages; approving grants to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills and requiring the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities, and wish to pass S.84 & H.R.377
I support increasing low-income women’s participation in high-wage, high-demand occupations in which women make up less than 25% of the current workforce by authoring grants to provide technical assistance to eligible entities and to state registered apprenticeship programs and sponsors and joint apprenticeship training councils in meeting their enrollment goal for low-income women in nontraditional occupations; develop policies and protocols that set goals for hiring specific percentages of women into registered apprenticeships and permanent employment openings in publicly assisted projects; and engage in outreach activities and provide training to overcome stereotypes about women in nontraditional occupations as well as gender inequity among employers, and wish to pass H.R.951