Bill Text: IL SR0117 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Designates April 4, 2017 as Pay Equity Day.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-03-30 - Resolution Adopted [SR0117 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SR0117-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, The future of our nation's productivity and
3competitiveness in the global marketplace depends on the
4success of all men and women; and
5 WHEREAS, Women have been discriminated against in
6education, the workplace, and society as a whole; and
7 WHEREAS, Women continue to earn no more than 80 cents on
8the dollar compared to men; and
9 WHEREAS, The wage gap is even greater for most women of
10color; African American Women earn 63 cents on the dollar and
11Latina Women earn 54 cents on the dollar; and
12 WHEREAS, The pay gap has been shown to start as soon as one
13year after college; this inequality affects not only women, but
14their families and society as a whole; and
15 WHEREAS, The pay gap between women and men has long-term
16effects on women's economic security; such a gap affects
17women's Social Security earnings, their ability to save for
18retirement, and their children's education; and
19 WHEREAS, Pay equity is closely linked to the eradication of

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1poverty and is essential to having a highly-motivated
2workforce; and
3 WHEREAS, Equal Pay Day was originated by the National
4Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to
5illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages; the day,
6observed in April, symbolizes how far into the year a woman
7must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the
8previous year, with Tuesday being the day in which women's
9wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week; because
10women earn less on average than men, they must work longer for
11the same amount of pay; this wage gap is even greater for most
12women of color; and
13 WHEREAS, Equal pay is a priority for all women and for our
14society at large; therefore, be it
16ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate April 4,
172017 as Pay Equity Day in the State of Illinois in order to
18raise awareness about this endemic inequity.