The Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition held a virtual town hall today regarding the current gender pay gap present in the state and nation. Among other elected officials and statewide stakeholders, state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) served as a speaker during the event and released the following statement:

“Every Michigander, regardless of their gender or race, deserves the freedom to provide economic security for themselves and their families. When women don’t receive equal pay for equal work, it doesn’t just hurt them; it hurts our economy and state as a whole. Now more than ever, as we continue to fight the economic impacts of the ongoing pandemic, we can’t afford to leave any money on the table for the hardworking people of our state. After hearing from so many voices from across the state during today’s event, I’m hopeful that we can continue building a future where the gender pay gap is nothing more than a distant memory.”

State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) serves as the co-chair of the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus Pay Equality and Economic Security Task Force, dedicated to closing the wage gap and ensuring equal pay for equal work in Michigan.