Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. The National Partnership for Women and Families released a report state-by-state on how much more men make than women for doing the same job. Sharon Tejani (ta-JOHNNY) is a senior policy council with the Partnership’s working family program and says in Nebraska, women make on average $30,885 a year compared to $40,860 for men. She says the gender-based pay wage gap is having a huge impact on families in the state.
“Take the woman about a year and four months working full time to earn what a man does in a year. This year, The National Partnership for Women and Families, working with AAUW, put together fact sheets about states to show people exactly what that means for family security. So, for working women in Nebraska if the pay gap didn’t exist, what you would see is that families could afford 88 more weeks of food bills, 8 more months of mortgages, 16 more months of rent, more than three years of family insurance premiums or over three-thousand additional gallons of gas.”
Tjani says this report shows that the work to outlaw wage discrimination against women in this country is not being done.
“Nationally, it is about 77 cents and what we are seeing is the pay gap is not decreasing.”
Tjani says the Partnership is fully supports the Paycheck Fairness Act that would strengthen protections against pay discrimination. It would also look for those employers who deliberately discriminate by practicing gender-based wage gaps.
“The Paycheck Fairness Act would make our equal pay laws stronger, would give women some training in negations in salary, would give the government the opportunity to collect pay data so we could pinpoint employers who are doing a bad job and would reward them for it and give them training on how to do fair pay.”
The House of Representatives passed this bill more than a year ago and the Partnership says it is time for the Senate to do the same.