Pay Equality/Economic Security
Sen. Erika Geiss
Rep. Padma Kuppa
Women are increasingly becoming the sole or primary breadwinners in their homes – when they don’t receive equal pay for equal work it doesn’t just hurt them, it hurts our economy and our state in the long run. Our mission is to eliminate the wage gap for Michigan’s women and improve the financial and economic security of Michigan’s families. .
Every year, we recognize Equal Pay Day, which is the symbolic day when a typical woman must workto make what a typical man made in the previous year.
In 2017, we introduced a plan to end wage discrimination and guarantee equal pay for working people in Michigan.
“For too long, the rules have been rigged against women in the workforce, taking away our freedom to provide secure and dignified lives for ourselves and our families… We cannot rest until all Michiganders are paid fairly for the work they do.”
– Representative Donna Lasinski
A typical white, non-Hispanic Michigan woman earns $0.74 for every $1 a typical Michigan man makes with the same education and experience level.
The gap is even greater for African-American women who earn $0.64 and Hispanic women who earn $0.57 for each dollar earned by a man.
Without any change to Michigan’s laws to require pay parity, the gender wage gap is not projected to close until 2084.