BY RUSH HOLT
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM N.J.'S 12TH DISTRICT
After decades of pioneering work by women in New Jersey and around the country, outright sexism has become uncommon in American workplaces. But more subtle, and equally pernicious, obstacles to women’s economic success remain. Women earn on average 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for the exact same work, a pay gap that starts the first year out of college and continues for the rest of a woman’s life. Two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers are women. Nearly half of full-time employees have no protections for paid family and medical leave.
These issues affect women most acutely, but they are not just “women’s issues.” After all, our economy cannot succeed if half of the population is left behind.