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​Repealing Wisconsin's Equal Pay Act

 

by Rep. Cory Mason
February 24, 2012

 

Every time I think this legislative session could not possibly get any stranger or more shocking, my Republican colleagues do something else to surprise me. On February 21st, in a stunning move, Assembly Republicans voted to repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Act. That's right, instead of passing bills to create jobs, Assembly Republicans repealed the law that ensured that women cannot get paid less than a man for doing the same job. Women in Wisconsin still only make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.

As the Assembly debated this bill, I found myself thinking a lot about my three young children, especially my two daughters. My wife Rebecca and I named our daughters after pioneering women: Eleanor Roosevelt Mason is three years old and Amelia Earhart Mason is 18 months old. We hoped that the connection to their namesakes would allow our daughters to pursue their own way forward. We thought that it would be such historical figures from a bygone era who would teach our daughters the surely now well-settled lesson that women are capable of doing work that men do – in politics, aviation, or anything else – for equal pay.

 

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