Kelly Introduces Bill To Create Gender Pay Disparity Task Force
Legislation will create task force to analyze Ohio's gender wage gap, report possible solutions
November 01, 2017
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State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of Gender Pay Disparity Task Force legislation, a bill that seeks to analyze the extent of gender pay discrimination and report to the General Assembly legislative recommendations on how to close the gap.

“It is past time that we eliminate the problem of women being systemically undervalued and underpaid for their work,” said Howse. “This legislation will allow us to better examine the gender wage gap in Ohio so the state can develop effective, concrete solutions to put money back in the pockets of working women and their families.”

This legislation will create a Gender Pay Disparity Task Force to determine the extent of the pay disparity between men and women in Ohio by:

  • Identifying the causes of such disparity

  • Developing recommendations for legislative action to decrease pay disparity

  • Issuing a report of the task force’s findings and recommendations

“The gender wage gap not only affects women, but their entire families who depend on that paycheck to make ends meet,” said Kelly. “Eliminating pay discrimination will help Ohio’s workers put more food on the table, send their kids to daycare and ensure bills are paid on time.”

 In 2016, Ohio women were paid 77 cents for every $1 a man makes. Minority women suffer the worst disparity; nationally, black women are paid 63 cents and Hispanic and Latina women are paid 54 cents for every $1 paid to white men.

The press conference comes one day prior to Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how long on average Latina women must work into the new year to make what their male counterparts did the previous year.

The bill is pending committee referral in the Ohio House. 


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