"Every year, women across the U.S. recognize Equal Pay Day, a public awareness event to illustrate the persistent gap between men’s and women’s wages. Even when correcting for similar education, backgrounds and career fields, women still earn less than men on average, so they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for women of color. As women increasingly become the primary or sole breadwinners of the home, it is vital for the economic vitality of our state and nation that we correct this imbalance. My colleagues and I will continue fighting to ensure that every person is guaranteed equal pay for equal work. "