SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is calling on business leaders and residents Tuesday to recognize the consequences of income inequality and to advocate for greater fairness moving forward as Illinois observes “Pay Equity Day” on April 12, 2016.
“A lot has been done in the effort to close the gender pay gap, but there still remains a long way to go before we can put this issue to rest,” Wallace said. “When a woman is unable to bring home the amount of income she deserves, it hurts her entire household and the community as a whole.”
“Pay Equity Day” symbolizes how long into this year it takes for a woman to make what her male counterpart made in 2015. According to the White House, women on average earn about 78 percent what their male equivalent makes. The pay gap is greater for minorities, with African American women making about 64 percent and Latina women making about 56 percent compared to their non-Hispanic white male colleagues. Wallace is a co-sponsor of House Resolution 1021, which highlights the wage gap and officially designates April 12 as Pay Equity Day in Illinois.
“Women have always played an important role in our workforce and they should be compensated fairly for the work that they do,” Wallace said. “The fact that we are still fighting this fight is disappointing, but we cannot and will not back down until all women are paid equally.”