DFL Chairman Ken Martin: It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Ken Martin today released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day—the day when the average American women’s earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year:

“Every Minnesotan deserves the opportunity to build a better future for their family. If they are willing to work hard, they should have a chance to get ahead. Yet women across the country are held back by unfair paychecks. In fact, the average woman in Minnesota earns just 83 cents for every dollar a man earns. For women of color, it’s even less.”

“This is not only a justice issue—it’s an economic one. Many women across our state are the main providers for their families. When they make less money, that means less money for groceries, less money for child care, and less money for retirement.”

“It’s time for change. It’s time to ensure, whether you are a business executive or a high school teacher, your work is rewarded equally regardless of gender.  It’s time to live up to our founding promise of equality for all. It’s time for equal pay for equal work.”

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