04 Apr
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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Three steps forward, two steps back. That’s been the story of women’s fight for equal

  • Pay
  • Rights
  • Representation

Today we mark Equal Pay Day, and note that STILL, on average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar men earn. That translates into $418,800 over a 40 year career, meaning a woman would have to work TEN more years to equal a man’s pay, on average. In the last decade the wage gap has barely moved.

Why April 4th? Because from January 1st-April 4th is how much longer women needed to work into this year to equal what men earned last year. Last year it was on April 12th. This is totally UNACCEPTABLE.

During my career I held two positions where I knew the men who reported to me made more than I did. I’d like to believe that this type of blatant discrimination has disappeared, but I know that it is still happening today and we know we must continue to speak up and demand equal pay and elect legislators that see this as a priority.

What’s more, pay discrimination is even worse for women of color. African-American women earn only 63 cents on the dollar, and Latinas earn only 54 cents on the dollar. Again, this is totally UNACCEPTABLE.

As governor, I will fight for every worker to earn the same pay for the same work, regardless of gender.

I also appreciate recent efforts that allow new hires to avoid having to disclose previous job salaries. Such disclosures often perpetuate salary discrimination.

I know that this isn’t just a women’s issue. As I have always said, men of quality do not fear women’s equality. This is one we all need to work towards together as Californians.

For a better California, Delaine

P.S. Did you know it is harder for women to raise money for political campaigns than men? Please consider a contribution here to help fund my campaign today.

 

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

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