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Full Text of SR0157  98th 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, Women continue to earn no more than 78 cents on
8the dollar compared to men; and
9    WHEREAS, The pay gap has been shown to start as soon as one
10year after college; this inequality affects not only women, but
11their families and society as a whole; and
12    WHEREAS, The pay gap between women and men has long-term
13effects on women's economic security; such a gap affects
14women's Social Security earnings, their ability to save for
15retirement, and their children's education; and
16    WHEREAS, Pay equity is closely linked to the eradication of
17poverty and is essential to having a highly-motivated
18workforce; and
19    WHEREAS, Equal Pay Day was originated by the National



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1Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to
2illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages; the day,
3observed in April, symbolizes how far into the year a woman
4must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the
5previous year, with Tuesday being the day in which women's
6wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week; because
7women earn less on average than men, they must work longer for
8the same amount of pay; this wage gap is even greater for most
9women of color; and
10    WHEREAS, Equal pay is a priority for all women and for our
11society at large; therefore, be it
13ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate April 9,
142013 as Pay Equity Day in the State of Illinois in order to
15raise awareness about this endemic inequity.