"National Pay Equity Day is especially disturbing this year for working Wisconsin women. Governor Walker signed a bill just last week sent to him by the Senate and Assembly Republicans to repeal Wisconsin’s Pay Equity Act from last session. Governor Walker tried to sign the bill quietly so no one would notice.
But how could working women in our state not notice? They notice it in every paycheck they get. Working women in Wisconsin make 75 cents for every dollar a man makes and this costs Wisconsin families $4,000 a year.
Repealing the Wisconsin Pay Equity Act hurts the bottom line for Wisconsin families and Wisconsin’s economy. Women are the primary or co-breadwinners in about two-thirds of American homes now and equal pay for them would mean more money for things like groceries and school supplies for Wisconsin families.
Women aren’t asking for special treatment. They are asking to be treated the same as male employees. But we will never be able to level the playing field with Governor Walker signing bills like this, written by Republican leaders who believe money just isn’t as important to women as it is to men."