On average, women nationally make only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men—and the wage gap is even wider for women of color. In Illinois, where women make only 79 cents for each male dollar, Women Employed is championing a bill to strengthen the Illinois Equal Pay Act by preventing employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history. The bill has passed the Illinois House and Senate, and now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk for his approval. Signing the "No Salary History" Act into law is an important step towards eliminating the gender wage gap, as salary history questions lead to unequal wages following women throughout their careers. Similar laws have been passed in Massachusetts and Philadelphia, and with good reason. Eliminating salary history requirements in the hiring process promotes equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender.
WE and our partners were at the Equal Pay Day Rally in Chicago on April 4. Our Director of Strategic Partnerships, Sharmili Majmudar, spoke at the podium about why basing wages on women's previous pay perpetuates wage inequality. View our pictures from the day and tag yourself if you were there!
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