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Rhode Island Sen. Gayle Goldin: Equal Pay For Women Means Real Prosperity For Middle Class

State Senator Gayle Goldin serves in the Rhode Island State Senate. As part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, Sen. Goldin published an op-ed on equal pay, excerpts of which are printed here:

Equal Pay For Women Means Real Prosperity For Middle Class

By Gayle Goldin

Equal pay for equal work is not only a matter of fairness, it’s a matter of rebuilding our economy. What do you get when 52 percent of the population is paid unfairly? You get an economy where 52 percent of the population has diminished buying power. That’s as lousy for business as it is for families. And for women-headed households, particularly single-parent households, the effects are pronounced. We know in Rhode Island women make up the majority of minimum wage workers and are the majority of parents living in poverty.

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When people work hard, they should be able to get ahead; that’s our American Dream. But unless we demand fair pay for that work, and create a work environment that recognizes that people who go to work still have families and obligations outside of the workplace, it will increasingly become nothing but a dream for most people. We must embrace a strategy that puts people first, strengthens the middle class, and recognizes that businesses will succeed when middle-class families have a little extra in their budgets.

This week, I am joining with state legislators from around the country for a week of action with the theme “Real Prosperity Across America.” By shifting our state’s and nation’s focus to expanding and strengthening the middle class, we can create a Rhode Island – and a country – where we all can work and succeed.

To read the rest, please check the full blog post at RIFuture.org.