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Glass Ceiling for CA Women

IMAGE: "Equal Pay Day," which was marked Tuesday, is part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. A California Assembly Committee is being formed to tackle pay inequality and other issues for working women. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Labor.
IMAGE: "Equal Pay Day," which was marked Tuesday, is part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. A California Assembly Committee is being formed to tackle pay inequality and other issues for working women. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Labor.
April 9, 2014

California women must work almost 15 months to earn what a man does in just 12. "Equal Pay Day," which was marked Tuesday, is part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said female-headed households tend to be among the poorest and most dependent on public assistance. She's heading up a new committee to look at those issues and ask the tough questions.

"What does this mean for women's roles in society and the family?" she said. "What can be done to better promote self sufficiency of female-headed households? What unique health problems and issues are raised by women in the workforce, and what can be done to adapt?"

Gonzalez said half of today's workforce is made up of "breadwinner moms."

"Yet, we don't have a law, still, that allows breadwinner moms to earn a few sick days so that they can take their kids to the doctor," she said. "These are the kind of challenges we'll explore and the type of policies we'll seek to find as solutions."

California's "glass ceiling" actually is a little better than that of the rest of the nation. Women here make 84 cents for every $1 a man makes. According to the White House, nationwide full-time working women earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA