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LETTER: Raise women’s pay

February 2, 2018

Indiana ranks as one of the states with the widest wage gaps between men and women. How can Hoosier women participate in taking Indiana to the next level when they earn only 74 percent of what a man in Indiana makes for similar work? For minority women, this gap is even larger: 36 percent for black and biracial women and 44 percent for Latinas, according to the Indiana Institute for Working Families. Women lose approximately $1 million over a lifetime when accounting for fewer Social Security dollars and time spent away from work for family care.

Rep. Linda Lawson and Sen. Jean Breaux filed legislation that strengthens an Indiana law that has not been updated since 1965. House Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 93 hold employers accountable and give the Civil Rights Commission the jurisdiction to investigate and resolve complaints received by employees.

This is not just a women’s issue. It’s an economic issue. It’s a societal issue. It’s a civil rights’ issue. Gov. Eric Holcomb during the State of the State said it’s time to “take Indiana to the Next Level” and “transform” lives. Women are essential to take Indiana to the next level.

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Equality Pay$ Coalition of Indiana

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