The Gender Pay Gap in America continues to be a hot button issue, particularly with this year’s Presidential election potentially having a woman candidate. The statistics do not lie: on average, women earn approximately 76 cents for each dollar earned by men in a similar job position. Over time, this adds up significantly: over a 40 year career, women will earn $400,000 less than men. The statistics are even worse for black and Latino women.
On this issue Clinton showed that she related to the injustice involved in these numbers, stating, “The last time I checked there is no discount for being a woman. Groceries don’t cost us less. Rent doesn’t cost us less. So why should we be paid less?”
So how does Clinton plan on addressing the issue if she was elected President? She actually already has some legislative experience on it, having introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act as a Senator. She also co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. As President, she would push to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Another big step forward that she proposes would be pay transparency, so that women would be informed of what their male counterparts were making.
Beyond these actions, Clinton’s platform involves new initiatives. These include increasing the minimum wage, and expanding paid leave along with flex scheduling. These all sound good on face value; if elected, the challenge would be for Clinton to pass such laws through a Republican congress. Still, her outlined plan on the issue should help her compete with Bernie Sanders, who is viewed as a more progressive candidate.