NJ Lawmaker Demands Equal Pay For Women
Today is national ‘Equal Pay Day.’ One New Jersey legislator is calling for an end to the pay discrepancies that still plague women across America. She thinks having to ask for something that women so clearly deserve is ridiculous in the year 2013.
"For a woman to have to work this far into the new year to earn as much as her male counterpart earned last year is beyond acceptable this far into the 21st century,” says Assembly Women and Children Committee Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt. "Considering women are the primary or co-bread winners in most families, this disparity is not only unfair, but it harms working families who rely heavily on a woman's salary to make ends meet.”
Many public officials still don’t get it according to Lampitt.
She says she sponsored legislation to bridge the gender pay equity gap only to see Gov. Chris Christie veto a number of the bills. She also is taking aim at Republicans in Congress who she insists refuse to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
"These actions are an affront to women everywhere and they need to be rectified before women are forced to work another quarter of a year to make what their male counterparts made last year," says Lampitt.