Pay Disparity Hurting Westchester Women, Lowey Says

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U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester, is joining with local women's leaders and elected officials to highlight "severe economic consequences of pay inequality for New York women."
U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester, is joining with local women's leaders and elected officials to highlight "severe economic consequences of pay inequality for New York women." Photo Credit: File Photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester, is joining with local leaders and elected officials to highlight "severe economic consequences of pay inequality for New York women." 

Lowey said in a press release she is highlighting "a number of sobering facts regarding pay disparity in New York," including that women are paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to men which results in an $8,275 per year wage gap, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“This is a matter of basic fairness, and it’s time for 'Mad Men'-style inequality to end,” Lowey said in the release. “There are serious, significant impediments for the women of New York who do not receive equal pay for equal work. Leveling the playing field would provide the average woman in our state 29 more months of family health insurance premiums or 2,000 additional gallons of gas. This gap spans industry and education level, and remains a problem even when accounting for personal choices such as having children.”

Lowey joined local women’s leaders and elected officials, including Harriet D. Cornell, District 10 member of the Rockland County Legislature, and Cameron Spier, president of the Rockland Business Women’s Network, who emphasized the consequences of pay disparity for Rockland and Westchester women.

“When I started Rockland’s Commission on Women’s Issues in 1984, pay equity was one of our priorities. How sad we are still fighting the same battle,” said Cornell. “Paycheck fairness — equal pay for equal work — should be a no-brainer. Women doing the same job with the same qualifications as men should be paid the same. It seems obvious; and yet, it hasn’t happened. It has been turned into a political issue, and fairness has gone out the door. While pay disparity has lessened over the years, women are suffering — and that means their families are suffering from this economic discrimination. I applaud Congresswoman Lowey’s leadership and stand with her.”

Lowey has co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to help women fight wage discrimination. The bill would "prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who discuss salaries with colleagues; put gender-based discrimination on equal footing with other forms of wage discrimination, such as race or national origin — and allow women to take legal action for damages; require employers to prove that pay differences exist for legitimate, job-related reasons; create a negotiation skills training program for women and girls; recognize employers for excellence in their pay practices; provide businesses, especially small ones, assistance with equal pay practices; and enhance the ability of the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate and enforce pay discrimination laws," according to the release. 

“Simply put, when women succeed, America succeeds,” Lowey said. “On Mother’s Day, too many moms were worrying about their struggle to provide for their children. It’s time to give women and families the economic security that comes with equal pay for equal work.”

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And there's another issue of wage inequality that should be addressed by the politicians, especially the Democrats since they claim to be for "equal pay for equal work". In many unionized businesses, part-time workers are paid less than full-time workers, but they do the same job. If they do they same work, they should be paid the same, dollar for dollar.

that's off topic. the issue here is paying women the same as men, and that should be the law already. we shouldn't have to fight the GOP for it. but the GOP will pay for it. you are on the wrong side of history, just as they we're against equal rights for women and Women being able to vote. we will win in the end, and the GOP look terrible fro fighting against it,

The GOP is for Equal Pay but the Democrats want to link Equal Pay with Late Term Abortions and nobody wants Late Term Abortions. Do you?

they are not trying to link it with late term abortions. that's ridiculous, you obviously have not read the bill. I provided a link to ht bill in it' entirety, it has nothing in it about abortions at all. it's only one page long and covers only 1 thing. Equal pay for equal work for women, stop watching so much Faux news and listening to limbaugh and perhaps you'll get correct information

You're delusional, we're all talking about the state bill and you're talking about a federal bill. The state bill pending would allow NY to start performing late term abortions. Republicans and most others are against this and have blocked it so far.

So you see, its you who really needs to read up & keep abreast of current events.

Yes, I guess it's off topic. Continue paying part-time workers less than their full-time counterparts doing the same work. Many women are part-time workers, so I guess it's ok to continue paying them less wages in this category too.
Getting back on the topic here, keep in mind that women have been paid less than men for many decades, and both parties are responsible for it. Many business owners claim to be Democrats and socially liberal, when it comes to paying their employees, they suddenly become Republicans and pay the lowest wages they can get away with.

that has nothing to do with the fact that your GOP leaders right now are voting against every bill that comes forward, be it for equal pay for Women, creating jobs, etc, they are the against it all party. the fact is, every single republican voted against the bill for equal pay for women, and that's really going to come back and bite them in the A$$, I know staunch Republican women who are outraged and moderates alike, there's no getting around it. your party l;eader right now are a bunch of radicalized lunatics that will just vote against anything that is put forward, politics before the people is the war chant, billionaires before the little guy, more tax breaks for billionaires. that's not what this country needs, and i think it's going to be a sad day for the GOP come November

Women will have a lot more to worry about than wage disparity, once the country initializes Shariah law.

Shariah law. are you serious? please, keep talking bill. with every post, you expose your extremist point of view. nobody is going to take you seriously if your going to make statements like that, it's really ridiculous. I guess Obama is going to instate Shariah law because he's muslim? (even though he's christian). come off it man, stop drinking the kool aid. come back to planet earth. with these statements you sound like some wacko sitting by your computer with a bottle of jack Daniels gripping a bible and a gun waiting for someone to take you away.

If the Democrats are so concerned about equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men, why didn't they do something during all the years when they had full control of both Houses?

Women should be paid the same for the same work. period, there is no grey area on this topic. you want an example. 90% of women are paid less than men for the same exact positions in America, the head of New York times is the latest example that made headlines, this is a point that the GOP are digging themselves further into a hole by not supporting, it should be a no brainer, but no, if the Democrats support it, it must be bad and we must go against it, follow the flock sheep. follow the flock

If the Democrats are so concerned about equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men, why didn't they do something during all the years when they had full control of both Houses?

Perhaps she should use a real world example of this ? I suggest she point out the blatant sexual discrimination practiced by the "NY Times". She should have no trouble reaching out to them as they are her ardent supporters.

Wonder if the women that work for her make the same as a man.