U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding Equal Pay Day. April 17 marks the point in 2012 at which women need to work to equal the pay of men in 2011.
"Everyone in our great country should have the confidence that they will be paid fairly for a hard day's work. This isn't a trivial issue for working families. In 2012, women had to work more than four extra months to get paid the same as men. Four months' salary makes a tremendous difference when someone is trying to put food on the table and keep a roof over her family's head. It is critical that we continue the important work started in 2009 with the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make sure every American has the opportunity to earn a paycheck based on the job they do."
In Michigan, women are paid 26 cents less per dollar than men doing similar work - the 10th highest disparity in the nation.
Senator Stabenow was a cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law in 2009.