2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Sinicki, Ohnstad and Bowen.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
AR8,1,1 1Relating to: observing Tuesday, April 4, 2017, as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.
AR8,1,32 Whereas, Equal Pay Day occurs each year on the day when a woman has finally
3earned the same yearly salary as her male counterpart did the previous year; and
AR8,1,64 Whereas, since World War II, when Wisconsin women worked in factories and
5shipyards, Wisconsin women have remained among the most likely in the United
6States to be in the paid workforce—ranking fifth among the states; and
AR8,1,127 Whereas, in 2015, about 1.3 million Wisconsin women were in the labor force
8(across all sectors), and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this represented 79
9percent of women in Wisconsin between the ages of 20 and 60—well above the
10national average of 72 percent of women, and among Wisconsin women with children
11under age six, 81 percent were in the labor force, compared to 71 percent nationally;
AR8,1,1513 Whereas, working Wisconsin women truly contribute to a profoundly better
14quality of life in our state by significantly raising the incomes of their families and
15their communities; and
1Whereas, Wisconsin narrowed its pay equity gap between 2004, when women
2earned on average 29 cents less per dollar than men, and 2015, when women earned
322 cents less per dollar; and
AR8,2,64 Whereas, continued progress in narrowing the pay equity gap in Wisconsin will
5help greatly to maintain Wisconsin's overall high quality of life; now, therefore, be
AR8,2,8 7Resolved by the assembly, That Tuesday, April 4, 2017, is recognized as
8Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.
AR8,2,99 (End)