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( J.R.S. 41)

Offered by: Senator Snelling of Chittenden County and Senator Ready of Addison County.

Whereas, we, the people, are gathered in the Vermont State Capital to recognize observance of National Pay Inequity Awareness Day on April 11, 1997, and

Whereas, more than three decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, women and people of color continue to suffer the consequences of unfair pay differentials, and

Whereas, nationally, women earn only 71 cents for each dollar earned by a man, and

Whereas, nationally, the wage gap has closed less than a penny per year since 1963, when women earned 59 cents for each dollar earned by a man, and

Whereas, much of the wage gap is attributed to age, sex, and race-based wage discrimination, and

Whereas, April 11, 1997, is the day on which American women’s wages for 1997, when added to their entire 1996 earnings, finally equaled what men made in 1996 alone, and

Whereas, fair pay strengthens the security of families today, and enhances retirement tomorrow, and

Whereas, when women and people of color are paid fairly, families are stronger, business prospers, and American values and economy are strengthened, now therefore

be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That we, the legislators of Vermont, recognize April 11, 1997 as National Pay Inequity Awareness Day.