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Illinois Senate declares April 10 Pay Equity Day, calls for equal pay for women (VIDEO)

0410 EqualPayDay byEthnicityAs the United States observed Equal Pay Day today – the day which signifies when the average woman has earned as much as the average man did in the previous year – the Illinois Senate issued its own call for fair pay for the same work.

Senator Toi Hutchinson led the efforts behind Senate Resolution 1362, which declares April 10, 2018 Pay Equity Day in the interest of raising awareness of an issue that continues to hold back the state’s economic development. The resolution passed the Senate today.

The resolution highlights a number of sobering statistics, including that women continue to earn just 80 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts, while the situation is even worse for women of color: By the same comparison, Latina workers earn just 54 cents and African-American women just 63 cents.

“Over a 40-year career, African-American women lose over $400,000 of potential income,” Hutchinson said, speaking to the resolution on the Senate floor. “For Latina women, that is nearly a million dollars that they lose over the course of their working lives. We’re going to highlight this to continually ask the question, ‘What kind of state do we want to be? What kind of country do we want to be?’”

The resolution passes as the Senate prepares to vote on whether Illinois will become the 36th state to approve the long-delayed Equal Rights Amendment, bringing the amendment closer to the 38 states it needs to be ratified.

Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson


40th District

Years served: 
2009 - Present

Committee assignments: Labor; Judiciary; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Committee of the Whole; Appropriations II; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Committee on Restorative Justice.

Biography: Full-time state legislator; Born May 20, 1973; Graduated University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor in English; Olympia Fields Village Clerk from 2002-2006; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Management Program; Women and Power, 2004; Former Chief of Staff to State Senator Debbie Halvorson; Lives in Olympia Fields with husband, Paul, and 3 children.