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Tell Congress: Make it equal.

by Jessica Vega Pederson

Before I was elected to the Oregon Legislature, I worked in the tech sector – an industry that is dominated by men and often criticized for wage discrepancy among employees based on their gender.

But unequal pay isn’t just a problem in the tech sector. In most industries women are paid less than their male coworkers.

Today is Equal Pay Day, a symbol of the length of time women would have to work into the next year to make the same amount of money as their male counterparts. For women of color, the wage gap is even greater than the often quoted 79 cents on the dollar.

In 2015, I took action on these discrepancies and championed legislation that would expand Oregon’s equal pay law, increase wage transparency, and protect employees from retaliation – a critical reform that empowers works to seek better pay.

But we’re not done. I’m calling on Congress to do more to make it equal – and I hope you’ll join me.

Sign the petition: Tell Congress that it’s time for equal pay for equal work.

Let’s build momentum to take this important step for equality. Join me today.

Posted on April 12, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

I'm running for Multnomah County Commissioner because I believe everyone in our region deserves a fair shot. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!.

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