Equal Pay For Women- Not in Prince William County, Virginia
While State and local governments all over the country recognized April 4 as Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s wages catch up to men’s earnings from the year before, this was not the case in Prince William County, Virginia. Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, along with Supervisors Pete Candland (Gainesville District), Vice Chair Jeanine Lawson (Brentsville District), and Ruth Anderson (Occoquan District), blocked the board from approving a proclamation recognizing Equal Pay Day in the county and would have “urged the citizens of Prince William County to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force.” They felt, in part, that any discussion of a gender pay gap was a “political” issue, not fully based in fact.
Voting to approve the proclamation were Supervisors Martin Nohe (Coles District), John Jenkins(Neabsco District), Maureen Caddigan (Potomac District) and Frank Principi (Woodbridge District) who also sponsored the proclamation. They understand that Pay inequality isn’t just a women’s issue; it is a family issue. Recent research has found that 50 percent of households with children include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.
You can hear what they had to say at the board meeting about equal pay for women at http://pwcgov.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=23&clip_id=2320, starting at eight minutes into the video.