Gov. Scott Walker Takes Away Equal Pay for Women

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It's news to me, as I am sure it will be to you, but apparently Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks that women who work don't really need the money! And therefore shouldn’t earn the same salary as men who have the same job.

While were all eating chocolate and dying eggs and gorging on Peeps over the holiday weekend, the delightful Wisconsin governor -- already called "the most polarizing man in Wisconsin," quietly repealed a 2009 equal pay law.

It leads me to wonder; What century is Walker living in? Does Scott Walker know anything about women at all? Or does he just not care that working mothers, single moms, and stepfamilies now make up the majority of American families who need to earn a living? And what else might he be planning to do before his June 5 recall election?

As Jessica Pieklo points out at Care2, the impact of Walker's move against women in Wisconsin will be devastating:

The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAHW) tracks the issue of pay disparity in the state and reports that while across the country women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make, it’s worse for Wisconsin women who only earn 75 cents on the dollar. That results in families in the state losing more than $4000 per year due to unequal pay.

Sara Finger, executive director of WAWH, said that the repeal was a “demoralizing attack on women’s rights, health, and wellbeing.”

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Credit Image: © Gary Porter/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com

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