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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 22, 2017 02:10 PM
From: Representative Katharine M. Watson
To: All House members
Subject: Concurrent Resolution - Equal Pay Law
This year, 2017, marks the 58th anniversary of the Act of December 17, 1959 (P.L. 1913, No. 694) known as the “Equal Pay Law.” It has provided a foundation for Pennsylvania women seeking opportunities in the workplace. The goal is fair compensation for all workers without wage discrimination.

Nevertheless, we have all heard the statistics of women in the workplace, doing the same job, with the same educational background and experience, still earning less money than their male colleagues. Try this quiz and see how you measure up for your knowledge on workplace equality:

1. In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was passed, women made _____ cents on the dollar compared to men.
A. 59 cents
B. 63 cents
C. 74 cents
D. 81 cents

2. Based on the median earnings of all full-time, year-round workers in 2015, that figure is ____ cents on the dollar compared to men.
A. 85 cents
B. 91 cents
C. 72 cents
D. 79.6 cents

3. Over a lifetime, how much less will women earn than men?
A. $550,000
B. $700,000
C. $1,200,000
D. $2,000,000

4. Women make up ____% of the American labor force today.
A. 38
B. 42
C. 47
D. 50

Once again, I am introducing a concurrent resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to complete a definitive study on the issue of "workplace pay disparity," including the examination of existing State and Federal laws relating to the issue. The resolution will also ask the Commission to make recommendations to the General Assembly by November 30, 2017.

The next Pay Equity Day is April 4, 2017. That date symbolizes how far into 2017 women must work to earn what their male counterparts earned doing the same job in 2016. I respectfully ask for your support and co-sponsorship of this concurrent resolution.

Answers - 1. A. 2. D. 3. B, C, and D are all correct, for women with high school, college, and professional postgraduate degrees respectively, according to Evelyn Murphy, economist, founder, and president of the WAGE Project. 4. C

Introduced as HR174