FitzGerald Says Wage Inequality Affects Ohio Families
Today, Monday, June 10, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. At that time, women earned only 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. Today, the national average shows women making around 81 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, and only 77 cents on the dollar in Ohio. In response, candidate for governor and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald released the following statement:
“Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, enshrining our nation’s commitment to equal pay for equal work. While much progress has been made, wage inequality remains a critical issue for Ohio families, as women make around 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, worse than even the national average.
“That gap means hundreds of thousands of dollars less in wages each year, and the inequality is even worse for Latinas, Hispanic and African American women. Equal pay is about fairness for everyone, and as governor, I want to work to finish what was started 50 years ago. I know we can do better in Ohio.”
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