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Begich Statement on Equal Pay Day


U.S. Senator Mark Begich today released the following statement in support of Equal Pay Day:

“Equal pay shouldn’t just be a concept, it should be a practice. As the son of a working mother and a brother to two sisters, I know the importance of equal pay and the impact it has on a family. Yet Alaska women working full time still have an average yearly wage gap of $14,723. That is almost $15,000  a year that could be going back into our local economies – mortgages, groceries, education, utilities – and helping working families thrive. This gap is unacceptable and that is why I am a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.  It’s time to enact policies that promote equal pay and advance healthy Alaska families.”

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, Alaska women are:

  • Paid only $.74 cents for every dollar paid to men working in full time jobs;
  • Head of household in 29,621 families across Alaska, with 7,020 below the poverty line;
  • Losing a combined total of $1,499,787,841 every year as a result of the wage gap in full time jobs.
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