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Comparing Stubs: Equal Pay Day

Comparing Stubs: Equal Pay Day

Got 20 cents? Those two dimes represent the difference between what men and women make on EVERY dollar. "Last month in the Assembly, we passed historic equal pay legislation that will ensure all women in New Jersey are valued based on their merit and not their gender by strengthening protections against employment discrimination".

"There is no reason a woman in New Jersey should earn just 82 cents to the dollar made by a male for the same work", Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday morning.

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Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, wrote in a recent op-ed in the Hill that "despite the calculations that determine an "average" pay gap for women, many women of color experience wage gaps that are far greater - in some cases double - the average gap".

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So basically, Equal Pay Day doesn't equally apply to everyone. The bill would prohibit the enforcement of wage secrecy, as well as retaliation or discrimination against those who inquire about their or their co-worker's wages.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, D-Essex, said Tuesday "closing the wage gap is a critical issue for all women, future generations included, who aim to be the best they can be at their jobs". As such, the day is observed at different times each year, but the sentiment is always the same: there is a painful injustice in how men and women are compensated for their work. The AAUW encourages people to fight for fair pay by calling on Congress to rule in favor of equal pay.

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This new analysis uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and finds that California has the second smallest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation.