equal pay

The New York State Assembly has voted unanimously to close loopholes in the law guaranteeing equal pay for women. The measure already passed in the Senate.

It's among several women's rights bills backed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a package that stalled previously amid Republican opposition to a bill codifying abortion rights.

New York law prohibits gender-based pay differentials, with exceptions for seniority and merit systems, productivity and "any other factor other than sex."

On National Equal Pay Day this week, the Shumlin administration announced the creation of an initiative aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women in Vermont.

NY Congresswoman Calls For Pay Equality

May 12, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

One day after Mother’s Day, a New York congresswoman from the Hudson Valley is calling for equal pay for women.

“When women succeed, America succeeds. When women succeed, America succeeds.” 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, stood in her Rockland County district office flanked by local elected officials and business leaders to highlight the consequences of pay inequity. 

Massachusetts lags behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to equal pay for women.

The American Association of University Women reports that women earned 77 percent of what men took home in median full-time pay. The study was based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Boston Globe reports that the Bay State ranks 37th among states and the District of Columbia, behind every other New England state.