2023 - 2024 LEGISLATURE
March 23, 2023 - Introduced by Senators L. Johnson, Spreitzer, Agard,
Carpenter, Hesselbein, Larson, Pfaff, Roys, Smith, Taylor and Wirch,
cosponsored by Representatives Sinicki, Palmeri, Madison, C. Anderson, J.
, Andraca, Baldeh, Bare, Billings, Cabrera, Clancy, Conley,
Considine, Doyle, Drake, Emerson, Goyke, Haywood, Hong, Jacobson,
Joers, McGuire, Moore Omokunde, Myers, Neubauer, Ohnstad,
Ortiz-Velez, Ratcliff, Riemer, Shankland, Shelton, Snodgrass, Stubbs,
Subeck and Vining. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR22,1,1 1Relating to: observing Wednesday, March 15, 2023, as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.
SJR22,1,42 Whereas, Equal Pay Day occurs each year on the day that symbolizes how far
3into the new year women must work full time to earn the same wages that their male
4counterparts earned the previous year; and
SJR22,1,75 Whereas, since World War II, when Wisconsin women worked in factories and
6shipyards, Wisconsin women remain among the most likely in the United States to
7be in the paid workforce, consistently ranking among the top 10 of states; and
SJR22,1,98 Whereas, in 2021, about 63 percent of Wisconsin women age 16 years and older
9were in the civilian labor force; and
SJR22,1,1210 Whereas, 2023 marks 104 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment by
11Congress on June 4, 1919, which was one of the first steps in providing equal rights
12to women; and
SJR22,1,1513 Whereas, working Wisconsin women contribute to a profoundly better quality
14of life in our state by significantly raising the incomes of their families and their
15communities; and
1Whereas, Wisconsin narrowed its pay equity gap between 2004, when women
2earned on average 29 cents less per dollar than men, and 2021, when women earned
3on average 17 cents less per dollar; and
SJR22,2,64 Whereas, in 2021, Asian women earned 21 cents less per dollar than Asian men,
5Hispanic women earned 12 cents less than Hispanic men, and Black women earned
66 cents less than Black men; and
SJR22,2,87 Whereas, continued progress in narrowing the pay equity gap in Wisconsin will
8help to maintain Wisconsin families' high quality of life; now, therefore, be it
SJR22,2,11 9Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the legislature
10recognizes Wednesday, March 15, 2023, as Equal Pay Day for all working women in
SJR22,2,1212 (End)