- Women earn about 82 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same work.
- The Paycheck Fairness Act has been promoted by Democrats for 20 years but has yet to pass.
- Women need to work until April 10 to earn as much as men earn in the prior year.
International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8. The global celebration of women highlights key issues pertaining to gender, which brings the issue of the gender wage gap to the forefront. Plenty of literature has been written about it, but where do our lawmakers stand, especially the ones who are seeking to lead the country?
Here’s where presidential candidates for the 2020 election stand on the issue.
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We cannot move forward as a nation or as a world without achieving racial, social, environmental and economic justice for women. Today we celebrate the progress that has been made on women’s rights and recommit to build a better future together. #InternationalWomensDay
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 8, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said that workers deserve equal pay for equal work, and the fact that women make 82 cents for every dollar men make doing the exact same job is wrong. Sanders has supported legislation to help women secure equal pay. His 12-point economic agenda for America includes providing equal pay for women.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called on legislators to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act when she was California’s attorney general. This bill, which Democrats have been trying to pass for 20 years, requires that employers prove that differences in pay by gender are not a result of discrimination. She supports a $15 per hour minimum wage, as well as national paid family and sick leave.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., voted in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2014, stating, “We undermine the potential of all working women when we don’t challenge the wage gap.” He also supported an increase in the minimum wage.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., celebrated Equal Pay Day last year by announcing a court ruling that said women must be paid the same as men for doing the same work.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2014 and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. She’s also a proponent of more opportunities for women. Klobuchar tweeted, “It’s about more than equal pay for equal work — women need equal opportunities in STEM to do work in the first place.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has spoken on the Senate floor on Equal Pay Day for the past several years.
“More women than ever before are earning their family’s paycheck,” she said in 2016. “And because of the pay gap, their children are getting shortchanged.” More recently, Gillibrand tweeted that people need paid leave, a $15 minimum wage and equal pay.
Julián Castro, former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and mayor of San Antonio, has no track record in supporting equal pay legislation since he has not served in Congress or as a governor. He does support an increase in the minimum wage. “It is a shame today that we have not seen a minimum wage increase in almost a decade,” he said in a January 2019 interview.
My mom was widowed twice before the age of 40. Though only 5’0, she always stood tall for us. Her silent strength and big love guided us through tragedies and triumphs. I think of her today, and of all the women who have shaped our lives and our nation. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/ej0qSSLM3y
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) March 8, 2019
John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado, named April 10, 2018, Equity For All Day, but this appears to have been a part of a corporate marketing campaign — he has not come forward publicly on this specific issue as being a part of his presidential platform.
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