2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 28, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Hansen, Schachtner, Carpenter,
Bewley, Wirch, Miller, Shilling, Larson, Smith, Ringhand, Risser, L.
Taylor, Erpenbach and Johnson, cosponsored by Representatives Sinicki,
Hebl, Anderson, Crowley, Stuck, Riemer, Stubbs, Myers, Zamarripa,
Haywood, C. Taylor, Pope, Kolste, Considine, Goyke, Meyers, Shankland,
Ohnstad, Sargent, Brostoff, Neubauer, Subeck, Vining, Bowen, Billings,
Fields, Spreitzer, Hintz, Hesselbein, Emerson, Gruszynski, Milroy, Doyle,
Cabrera and Vruwink. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
1Relating to: observing Tuesday, April 2, 2019, as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.
Whereas, Equal Pay Day occurs each year on the day when a woman has finally 3
earned the same yearly salary as her male counterpart did the previous year; and
Whereas, since World War II, when Wisconsin women worked in factories and 5
shipyards, Wisconsin women have remained the most likely in the United States to 6
be in the paid workforce—ranking fifth among the states; and
Whereas, in 2016, about 1.4 million Wisconsin women were in the labor force 8
(across all sectors), and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this represented over 9
47 percent of the civilian employed population 16 years and over; and
Whereas, 2019 marks 100 years since the passage of the Nineteenth 11
Amendment by Congress on June 4, 1919, which was one of the first steps in 12
providing equal rights to women; and
Whereas, working Wisconsin women truly contribute to a profoundly better 14
quality of life in our state by significantly raising the incomes of their families and 15
their communities; and
Whereas, Wisconsin narrowed its pay equity gap between 2004, when women 2
earned on average 29 cents less per dollar than men, and 2016, when women earned 3
on average 20 cents less per dollar; and
Whereas, continued progress in narrowing the pay equity gap in Wisconsin will 5
help greatly to maintain Wisconsin's overall high quality of life; now, therefore, be 6
7Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That
the legislature 8
recognizes Tuesday, April 2, 2019, as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.