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Statement by Delegate Kaye Kory Recognizing April 12 as Equal Pay Day

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2016

Contact: Delegate Kaye Kory, delkkory@house.virginia.gov, 703-354-6024
 

Statement by Delegate Kaye Kory Recognizing April 12 as Equal Pay Day
 

Falls Church, Va. – Delegate Kaye Kory released the following statement today in recognition of Equal Pay Day – which marks the day this year when women’s pay finally catches up to what men were paid last year alone, due to the ongoing wage gap between men and women:

“Today, more than 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act by Congress, women still typically earn only 79 cents for each dollar a man takes home – and the disparity is even larger for women of color. Here in Virginia, based on today’s wage gap, a woman would lose from $430,480 for a Caucasian to $1,007,080 for a Latina over the course of a 40-year career, according to a recent analysis by the National Women’s Law Center.

“With millions of women in this country, and all across Virginia, serving as the primary breadwinner for their families, this isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s a matter of basic economic security. Equal pay for women could make all the difference in saving up for a home, sending a kid to college, or having the ability to retire with dignity. It would also grow our nation’s economy, boosting GDP by 2.9 percent or $450 billion. With Congress in an ongoing state of gridlock, it’s time for Virginia to lead the way in making equal pay for equal work a reality.”

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