Today is Equal Pay Day, a national reminder that U.S. women aren’t paid as much as men, and in fact, make 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home on average. To mark the occasion, Democratic members of Congress are taking the opportunity today to revisit the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would make it illegal for companies to pay men more than women for comparable work. It’s been introduced a number of times but never passed both chambers, a fact that frustrates Victoria Budson, the director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Public Policy program, to no end. When I spoke with her for my piece on the wage gap in Massachusetts, she noted her dismay at Congress’ inaction last year:
“In the middle of a presidential election with a tremendous focus on the women’s vote, the leaders of our nation felt wholly comfortable voting against furthering the interests of women,” she says.
Fortunately, Budson is in a position to help the women of Boston work toward pay equity. In addition to her role at Harvard and her appointment as the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Budson is one of the women appointed to Mayor Menino’s Women’s Workforce Council, which he announced today. It’s an impressive team overall, pulled from small business owners and entrepreneurs, plus those from the medical, legal, academic, labor, and senior business professions.
“Pay equity is about fairness,” Menino said in a statement. “When women are earning the same as men, it makes it easier to manage student loan debt, save for retirement and care for their families. It’s the right thing for women, for families and for our community. I’m looking forward to working with this impressive group of women business leaders to ensure our working women a level playing field.” Check out the entire list below:
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