INDIANAPOLIS – It’s not easy to admit, but Indiana is failing working women and families. Indiana’s gender pay gap actually grew in 2016, one of just a handful of states to gain the inglorious distinction. The gender pay gap costs women $12,700 annually, or the equivalent of a brand-new Chevy Spark every year. This is an economic issue.
But it’s something Indiana Republicans have largely looked the other way on. Bills to address equal pay and other economic issues like child care and paid leave have gone unheard in the Legislature.
Simply pointing this discrepancy out has been criticized by GOP leaders as not “fair”.
But the facts are the facts and Hoosiers are taking notice.
A snapshot of negative equal pay and women’s economic issues headlines
Bloomington Herald Times Report: Indiana ranks low for economic status of women
Indiana Public Media Indiana Receives ‘D’ Grade For Economic Status Of Women
Times of Northwest Indiana Indiana women may not see equal pay until 2082, according to study
Kokomo Tribune Jeer: ‘D’ in economic status of women
The News Sun Indiana ranks near bottom for women’s pay gap
Anderson Herald Bulletin Group says gender pay gap widens in Indiana
From The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette State ranks low in women’s status
“A news release from the Indiana institute said a number of bills were offered this year that might have improved women’s economic outcomes. These included improvements to Indiana’s equal pay law, workplace accommodations for pregnant women, increases to the minimum wage, and a paid family leave program. None received hearings in the Republican-led legislature.”