Making the problem worse, Missouri’s Republicans are pushing discriminatory Senate Bill 43

The Missouri Democratic Party today, on Equal Pay Day, is releasing state-specific figures detailing the wage gap between women and men in Missouri.

According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), today’s wage gap in Missouri would cost a woman more than $400,000 over a 40-year career in comparison to a man. A woman would have to work until she is 71 years old to make what a man makes by the time he is 60 years old. Those average figures are worse for women of color. The NWLC details that the lifetime losses due to the wage gap in Missouri totals over $600,000 for black women and nearly $750,000 for Latina women.

These figures also shine a light on the gender pay gap as Missouri’s Republicans seek to make the problem worse by pushing Senate Bill 43, which amends the Missouri Human Rights Act to make it more difficult for workers to report workplace discrimination.

“We’re proud to shine a light on Missouri’s gender wage gap because there shouldn’t be any question about it – women deserve equal pay for equal work,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “It’s shameful that Missouri’s Republicans continue to push their discriminatory, anti-worker agenda with Senate Bill 43. Our representatives should be fighting to close the gender wage gap, not making working conditions worse for Missouri women.”

Background:

  • A study from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) shows that in Missouri it would cost a woman over $400,000 over a 40-year career in comparison to a man, meaning a woman would have to work until she is 71 years old to make what a man makes by the time he is 60 years old. The NWLC also details that the lifetime losses due to the wage gap in Missouri totals over $600,000 for black women and nearly $750,000 for Latina women.
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains that Missouri’s Senate Bill 43 “would amend the state’s Human Rights Act, undermining civil rights protections and permitting retaliation against employees who report violations.” V

Via Press Release