On #EqualPayDay 2016, Progress Iowa calls on lawmakers to make equal pay a priority and increase salary transparency in the workplace.
Hardworking women across Iowa and the entire country deserve equal pay for equal work. Wages have flatlined for nearly the last 40 years, with public policy stuck in a 1950s mentality, resulting in an entire generation of workers getting more productive without getting a raise. Stagnant wages are even more problematic for women, who earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes in America (it’s even worse for African American women and Latinas). In Iowa, the gap is even wider, at 77 cents on the dollar for women. And it’s not just an issue for women; in almost 72% of Iowa families, women are the primary or co-breadwinner. When women aren’t paid fair wages, families suffer the consequences.