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Muoio — Women’s Equality Day: Much to Celebrate, Much to Fight For

(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Mercer) had the following published recently in NJBIZ:

“Since the Equal Pay Act was signed by President John F. Kennedy over 50 years ago, the increased presence of women in the workforce has added a $20 trillion boost to our economy. Working mothers provide, on average, nearly 40 percent of a family’s household income.

“While there has been a significant narrowing of the 40 cent pay gap that existed in the early 1960s, women still make approximately 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. African-American women and Latinas fare even worse, earning 60 cents and 55 cents on the dollar, respectively.

“According to a report released by Congress in April, full time working women earn on average $10,800 less per year than men, equivalent to over half a million dollars over the course of a career.”

To read the rest of Assemblywoman Muoio’s op-ed, click here.