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K00250 Summary:

MLTSPNSRButtenschon, Perry
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K00250 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 250
BY: M. of A. Solages
        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        May  5, 2021, as Mother's Equal Pay Day in the State
        of New York
  WHEREAS, Mothers who work full time, year round  and  have  children
under  18  at  home  typically have lower earnings than fathers ($38,000
compared to $55,000), meaning mothers  only  make  69  cents  for  every
dollar paid to fathers; this translates to a wage gap of 31 cents on the
dollar, which is larger than the overall wage gap of 23 cents; and
  WHEREAS,  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, year-round, full-time
working women in 2010 earned only 77.4% of the earnings  of  year-round,
full-time  working  men,  indicating  little  change  or progress in pay
equity; and
  WHEREAS, Even  though  mothers  make  less,  they  are  increasingly
responsible  for  providing for their families; mothers are breadwinners
or co-breadwinners in almost two-thirds of families with children in the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, Over a working lifetime,  this  wage  disparity  costs  the
average  American  woman  and  her  family  an  estimated $700,000 to $2
million in lost wages, impacting Social Security benefits and  pensions;
  WHEREAS,  Mothers are also much more likely than fathers to shoulder
child care responsibilities, even if both parents work;  in  dual-income
households  with  children,  mothers  spend almost twice as much time on
child care as fathers; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  when  workplace  policies  do  not  reflect
families'  realities,  with  inflexible  and unpredictable schedules and
without paid family leave or even paid sick days, it  is  difficult  for
parents  to balance family and work responsibilities; nearly one in five
low-wage working moms have lost a job due to sickness or  caring  for  a
sick child; and
  WHEREAS,  Fair  pay  equity  policies  can be implemented simply and
without undue costs or hardship in both the public and private  sectors;
  WHEREAS,  Fair  pay  strengthens  the security of families today and
eases future retirement costs, while enhancing the American economy; and
  WHEREAS, In female-dominated fields, wages have  traditionally  been
depressed and continue to reflect the artificially suppressed pay scales
that were historically applied to so-called "women's work"; and
  WHEREAS, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, symbolizes the time in the New Year
in  which  the wages paid to American mothers catch up to the wages paid
to men from the previous year; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  May  5, 2021, as
Mother's Equal Pay Day in the State of New York,  recognizing  the  full
value  of  women's  skills  and  significant  contributions to the labor
force,  and  to  further encourage businesses to conduct an internal pay
evaluation to ensure women are being paid fairly; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.
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