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Capitol Rally Calls for Pay Equity

Women on average earn 76% of what men earn.

Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) speaks about the issue of pay inequity during a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday.
Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) speaks about the issue of pay inequity during a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers gathered in Harrisburg on Tuesday to call attention to the fact that women earn less than their male colleagues.

A number of the state's professional and business women also joined the Pay Equity Rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

“On average, women with the same credentials, education and experience make just 76 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid each year. Sadly, this fact stretches across all types of professions – from hourly wage earners to professionals with advanced degrees,” Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said at the rally. “A woman with the same qualifications, experience and credentials as a man should be paid the same.”

In 2012, the average working woman earned $37,791, while the average working man earned $49,398.

Because Social Security payments are based on lifetime earnings, this disparity follows women into retirement, Watson said.

“Pay equity does not mandate across-the-board salaries for any occupation, nor does it tamper with supply and demand,” Watson continued. “It merely means that wages must be based on job requirements like skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions without consideration of race, sex or ethnicity.”

Also speaking at the event were Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley; House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny); Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee; Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks); and Barbara Schmouder, past president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.


mark wood April 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM
changing to independent.... NOW!
Dot April 10, 2014 at 01:41 AM
Article regarding the "gap" and why statistics are manipulated so easily while facts cannot be. The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the 'gender wage gap' all but disappears. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579483752909957472?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303532704579483752909957472.html
Vote Dem April 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Good one Dot. Whenever I am looking for reasonable, informed research and opinion, AEI is at the top of my list:) Just go back and read what you wrote....let me paraphrase, once you take out the sum of women's life experiences, the wage gap disappears.......WOW!
The Truth April 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Whatever gets your voters out, don't let the facts get in the way of a sob story...
Dot April 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM
It appears that in some cases, it a matter of decisions that folks make, whether they be male or female.

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