On Eve Of ‘Equal Pay Day,’ Women Demand More Money

CHICAGO (WBBM) — On the eve of national Equal Pay Day, an advocacy group for women says it’s time to close the pay gap between men and women.

Equal Pay Day is Wednesday. It means women have to work until April 12 of this year to make what men got paid in 2010.

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Here in Illinois, the picture is about the same as the national average: Women earn 77 cents, compared to a dollar earned by men.

“When you translate that into what it means for working families in Illinois, you’re looking at some staggering numbers,” said Portia Wu, vice president at the non-profit National Partnership for Women and Families.

“The total wage gap each year means that full-time working women are losing over $19 billion in wages every year.”

She says that translates into almost two years of grocery bills or several months of mortgage and utility payments.

  • Valley Girl

    2 years of grocery bills equals $19 billion is wages? No wonder women get paid less, the math skills just aren’t there.

  • Stef

    Wow, no wonder you call yourself “Valley Girl.” The $19 billion is OBVIOUSLY the COMBINED loss of revenue for ALL full-time working women vs full-time working men in the sane line of work. No individual on this earth spends that much on their groceries or several months of mortgage and utulity payments – duh!! She mentioned that ‘translation’ on what it would mean for each individual woman vs the earlier comparison as a whole. Get it now?

  • Stef

    *same not sane.

  • Radical

    Wow, with that math, I am going to start a business and only hire women, I then will be able to pay them only 77 percent of what a male worker would earn and I can pocket that extra 23 percent as pure profits.

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