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Full Text of SR0083  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The future of our nation's productivity and
3competitiveness in the global marketplace depends on the
4success of all men and women; and
5    WHEREAS, Women have been discriminated against in
6education, the workplace, and society as a whole; and
7    WHEREAS, Nationally, women continue to earn no more than 80
8cents on the dollar compared to men; in Illinois, women earn 78
9cents on the dollar compared to men; and
10    WHEREAS, The wage gap is even greater for most women of
11color; African American Women earn 61 cents on the dollar and
12Latina Women earn 53 cents on the dollar; in Illinois, women
13earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men; and
14    WHEREAS, The pay gap has been shown to start as soon as one
15year after college; this inequality affects not only women, but
16their families and society as a whole; and
17    WHEREAS, The pay gap between women and men has long-term
18effects on women's economic security; such a gap affects
19women's Social Security earnings, their ability to save for
20retirement, and their children's education; and



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1    WHEREAS, Pay equity is closely linked to the eradication of
2poverty and is essential to having a highly-motivated
3workforce; and
4    WHEREAS, Equal Pay Day was originated by the National
5Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to
6illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages; the day,
7observed in April, symbolizes how far into the year a woman
8must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the
9previous year, with Tuesday being the day in which women's
10wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week; because
11women earn less on average than men, they must work longer for
12the same amount of pay; this wage gap is even greater for most
13women of color; and
14    WHEREAS, Equal pay is a priority for all women and for our
15society at large; therefore, be it
17ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare April 2,
182019 as Pay Equity Day in the State of Illinois in order to
19raise awareness about this endemic inequity.