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Rabb speaks out against pay gap affecting Black women workers

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August 4, 2017 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  State Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Phila.)  (Photo: Mary BPhotography)

State Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Phila.), released the following statement recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day:

“I stand with my colleagues and friends as we speak out against the disparities that prevent Black women from receiving equal pay for equal work.

Today marks the day where Black women received the same pay that their White male colleagues received in 2016. They are forced to work an additional seven months to eventually receive the same pay for the same or similar jobs. In fact, Black women would have to work over 66 years to earn what a white man earns in 40 years.

We can no longer overlook the systemic barriers that cause this inequality based on gender and race, hurdles that inhibit Black women from thriving and achieving economic security. And the situation is exponentially worse when this discussion moves to policies and practices that continue to imperil Black women’s ability to create financial wealth for themselves and their families.

My colleagues and I have fought for various solutions to address these issues, including proposals for increasing the minimum wage, providing women with paid leave and even prohibiting employers from firing women because they are pregnant or nursing. We must do more to correct this economic injustice.”

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