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DFL Chairman Ken Martin on Equal Pay Day

ken-martinOn April 14, 2015, DFL State Chair Ken Martin released this statement:

“On Equal Pay Day it is important to recognize the pay gap between men and women, and remind us of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate equal work with equal pay. In Minnesota, women make just 80 cents for every $1 earned by a man. For the average woman, that is a loss in compensation of more than $430,000 over her working lifetime for her, her family and our economy.

“Minnesota has always had a high percentage of women in the workforce, many who are the primary or sole breadwinner for their families. With this in mind, in 2014, Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators passed the ‘Women's Economic Security Act.’ The Act is aimed at leveling the workforce playing field.

“Equal Pay Day is reminder that even though we’ve made gains for Minnesota women and their families, there is more work to do. Lawmakers must keep women’s economic security at the forefront of their work because when women succeed, Minnesota succeeds.”

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Inaction on Gender Equity Perpetuates Poverty

On April 2, 2014, Lee Egerstrom, Economic Development Fellow at Minnesota 2020, posted an article on the above topic.

He cites Kimberly Pilgrim, Program Director of the Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Program at the Brainerd campus, who states “When we perpetuate poverty with low wages, all we’re doing is taking homemakers and care givers out of their homes. This creates even more problems. We have to get people to understand this hurts everyone in Minnesota.”

He goes on to give information on the 2012 median annual salary for workers in Minnesota:

White Males — $51,615
White Women — $41,124
African American Women — $31,958
American Indian Women — $32.054
Asian American Women — $38,225
Latino Women — $29,434
Immigrant and Refugee Women in the US  from 6 to 12 years — $30,000
Women with a Disability — $31,800

 The above figures come from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Center on Women and Public Policy and uses 2012 Census data.

You can read the full article here.



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