Equal Pay

In 2014, Utah women made only 70 cents for every dollar a man made. This wage gap represents the second largest wage gap in the United States. This unusually large pay gap not only affects Utah women, but impacts Utah children as well, because most adults living in poverty are single mothers. A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that if women were paid fairly, single women’s income would rise by 13.4 percent, single mothers would earn 17 percent more, and married women’s income would increase by 6 percent. These wage increases would reduce levels of poverty for single mothers by over 50 percent. This would greatly increase the ability of women from all economic backgrounds to provide basic support to their families, including food, education, and child care. The wage gap also increases the likelihood that women of retirement age will slip into poverty because their pensions and Social Security checks are shrunken by years of lower pay.

The UWC is committed to eliminating the wage gap by advocating for sensible legislation that would provide women with statutory protections from employer wage discrimination practices. The UWC and its allies are dedicated to educating policymakers about the impacts of Utah’s wage gap on women and children and encouraging transparency among employers. By raising [/paragraph]