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April 12 Declared 'Equal Pay Day' in Delaware

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Delaware lawmakers wearing red to show women are "in the red" regarding pay compared to men. (Photo: WBOC) Delaware lawmakers wearing red to show women are "in the red" regarding pay compared to men. (Photo: WBOC)
Attendees of the equal pay event at Legislative Hall in Dover Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC) Attendees of the equal pay event at Legislative Hall in Dover Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Woman legislators from both parties and chambers of the Delaware General Assembly came together Tuesday to draw attention to closing the gender wage gap.

They say they all wore red to symbolize that women are "in the red" regarding their pay compared to men.

Delaware enacted the Equal Pay Act over 50 years ago, and those legislators say that little progress has been made today.

They say that today in Delaware, a woman working full-time earned, on average, only 82 percent of the earnings of full-time working men. Representative The American Association of University Women says that gap translates to approximately $431,000 in lost wages compared to a male counterpart.

Representative Ruth Briggs King from Georgetown says it is not just good for women, it is good for the economy, too.

"Because in many cases women are the single mothers and the breadwinners for a household," she said. "And so when we provide for them, pay for them pay that is equivalent that means it's better for them. And it's better for the economy in general."

Lawmakers there today introduced House Concurrent Resolution 62 which designates April 12 as "Equal Pay Day" in Delaware and recognizes the need to continue working on the issues of the pay wage gap.

HCR 62 passed the House by a voice vote and was sent to the Senate. The Senate passed it unanimously by a vote of 21-0.

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