April 6, 2012
Governor Endorses Pay Cuts for Women
Madison – State Senator Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee) released the following statement today in response to Governor Walker’s choice to sign a law inviting employers to pay women less than men.
“All signs point to us living in a 21st Century world. Our school children can watch space expeditions to Mars from their classrooms, we can control our cars with simple voice commands, and worldwide communication is instant. Yet if you look at the most recent legislative session you might be tricked into believing that we are still living in the 1800s.
“Today, by signing Senate Bill 202 into law, Governor Walker again confirmed his opposition to creating high-paying jobs and a fair work environment for all Wisconsinites. With a stroke of his pen, the governor rolled back equal protection laws for Wisconsin’s women and limited their ability to seek justice for discrimination.
“According to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men make nationally. In Wisconsin, however, women earn even less as they take home only 75 cents for every dollar their male counterparts receive.
“ This is not the only time Republicans put extreme ideology ahead of job creation and economic prosperity. Governor Walker and his rubberstamp legislators also rammed through other attacks on women’s rights this session including ending comprehensive sex education, interfering with doctor-patient relationships, obstructing access to contraception, and eliminating funding for comprehensive women’s health centers that provide life-saving services, such as pap smears and mammograms.
“The governor’s misplaced priorities threaten the rights of our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. We owe it to them to stand up for what is right and halt these Dark Age practices so that we can get our state moving forward again.”