Dems: Iowans should receive equal pay for equal work

February 2, 2016

It has been seven years since the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law by the President and Iowa approved its own Fair Pay Act. Yet nationally and in Iowa, a pay gap remains between men and women.


On average, a woman in the United States makes 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Iowa women fare even worse, making only 77.4 cents for every dollar a man earns. That puts Iowa at 35th in the nation when it comes to our gender pay gap. If current trends continue, Iowa will not see equal pay until 2056.


Women make up 48 percent of Iowa’s workforce. On average, almost half of our workforce makes less than two others doing the same work.


Iowa values ought to respect and reward hard work.


Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to strengthen our equal pay laws. Some of the provisions of SSB 3071 include prohibiting employers from forbidding employees to discuss their pay with co-workers, prohibiting employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who discuss their pay, and establishing a task force to study wage disparities in Iowa’s public and private sectors.


By closing the pay gap, we can lift the income of Iowa women and families and strengthen our economy.

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