Make it illegal in California to pay men and women unequally for the same grade of work.

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April 4, Equal Pay Day, is the day that marks how much further into the next year a women has to work to make the same amount a man would have made by New Years Eve of the previous year. Studies have shown women working full time in the United States typically are paid 80 percent of what men were paid for doing the same job and grade of work. Equal pay would cut the poverty rate of working women in half, and produce additional income from around 512 billion dollars to the US economy. The pay gap also means women lose around $10,470 in median earnings a year, and a 20-year-old female entering the work force full time will lose $418,800 over a 40-year career compared to a male worker. We need legislation that ensures women are paid the same as men for the same work. Doing so is good for women, for their families, and for the larger economy.



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