Today, Bill Foster hosted a roundtable event with area women to discuss the impact of today's economy on their lives. Describing their own experiences as small business owners, students and working moms, panel participants discussed their frustration that Washington rewards an unfair system that puts special interests ahead of middle class families.
The event, which was hosted at the All State Insurance branch, owned by one of the participants, covered a wide range of topics including the need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help to close the gap in pay between men and women. Studies show that currently, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
"Middle class families need to be our first priority, and that means making sure that equal work merits equal pay," said Bill Foster. "Hearing personal stories like those shared at today's event and folks' frustration with how Washington won't fight for basic fairness just shows how common sense is lost on Congress. I am proud to have voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act to take an important step in addressing wage discrimination."
"As a victim of pay discrimination myself, I cannot believe that we are still having this conversation in 2012," said roundtable participant Sue Burtnette. "Even though she had an opportunity to make sure that single mothers like myself earned a fair wage for our hard work, Congresswoman Biggert voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. After voting to raise her own pay 9 times, I wish Congresswoman Biggert would have given me the same opportunity."
This week Lilly Ledbetter endorsed Bill Foster's campaign because of his record fighting against wage discrimination.