After years of advocacy focusing on the wage gap between women in the workforce and their male counterparts, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today issued the following statement on "Equal Pay Day," an event highlighting the gap and promoting ways to combat on-the-job pay discrimination:
"Our daughters deserve the same pay for the same work as our sons-and right now it's a real possibility that they won't get it. There's no excuse for tolerating this kind of discrimination. It's bad for our workforce, bad for our economy, and bad for the hopes and dreams of mothers and daughters everywhere."
McCaskill has consistently supported the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to end pay discrimination in the workplace, but has failed to garner enough support for passage.
McCaskill's support for the Paycheck Fairness Act follows her vote for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, which provided access to courts for women able to document cases of past pay discrimination, and continues a long career of advocacy on equality and discrimination issues which began as a lawyer and assistant prosecutor in Kansas City, Mo.
Women make up nearly half of Missouri's workforce, but earn only 74 cents for every dollar paid to men in the state.