Published On: Mon, Feb 29th, 2016

We must close the gap on pay in Massachusetts

As your constituent and a supporter of equality and civil rights, I am asking you to urge Speaker DeLeo to bring S. 2119 An Act to establish pay equity to the floor for a vote. The Senate unanimously passed this bill in January and it has the support of business groups such as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

It has been 70 years since Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law requiring men and women to be paid the same wage for comparable work. However, a substantial wage gap remains. This gap exists in nearly every occupation regardless of a woman’s level of education and grows wider for women as they get older.

The wage gap has serious, negative impacts on women and families because it weakens their economic security. Full-time working women in Massachusetts still make only 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. The statistic becomes even more disconcerting when broken down by racial demographic.

Legislative committees have been working on this issue for many years, and have finally developed a great proposal that addresses some of the major issues causing our wage gap. Please talk to the Speaker and tell him you want to vote for S. 2119, so that all workers in the Commonwealth can be compensated fairly.