In this week’s update, we ‘celebrate’ Equal Pay Day, highlight Columbus’ new paid family leave policy, and share updates on bills impacting women that are moving at the Ohio Statehouse.
Today, April 4th, marks Equal Pay Day 2017, the day when the average woman’s wages catch up to the average man’s wages from the previous year.
According to new research from the National Partnership for Women & Families, women employed full-time, year round in Ohio are paid just 75 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to an annual wage gap of $12,686 — and the disparities are even greater for women of color.
Last week, Columbus City Council member Elizabeth Brown announced that Columbus would be rolling out a paid family leave policy later this year for its 8,500 city employees.
Columbus will join over 45 US cities — including Dayton and Cincinnati — that have enacted paid leave policies, and are building momentum for a national law such as the FAMILY Act.
Over two-thirds of women in Ohio are the sole, primary, or co-bread winner, yet workplace policies have failed to keep up with this reality of the modern family. Paid family leave is a commonsense, family-friendly policy that helps preserve critical wages and promotes greater balance for the demands of work and family.
We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. Here’s a quick overview of some key highlights from the last two weeks:
TAKE ACTION: Equal pay is good for women, working families, and the economy. In honor of Equal Pay Day, contact your Representative and urge them to sign on as a co-sponsor of HB138. Then contact the Committee Chairman, Rep. Ron Young, and ask him to hold hearings on the bill.
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