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It’s 2017.

So how is it possible that on average, women in the U.S. are still paid 20% less than men? If you break the pay gap down by race and ethnicity, it is even worse: African American women are paid 37% less than white men and Hispanic women are paid 46% less than white men.

Today is Equal Pay Day. In 2015, California passed the California Fair Pay Act and strengthened it by passing Assembly Bill 1676, which prohibits the excuses many employers make for pay disparities among staff. California also passed SB 1063, expanding the Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity, because the pay equity issue is not limited to gender. But there is still more work to do.

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I have worked my entire career to make sure that every Californian has a fair shot at success. 

From my days on the Los Angeles City Council, to the California State Senate, to today, I have worked hard to make sure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. That’s why, as Secretary of State, I have been working to expand access to the ballot box, so that all eligible Californians can exercise their most basic rights as Americans.

But this wage disparity flies in the face of everything we believe in. 

As President Obama said last year on Equal Pay Day, “I want young girls and boys 100 years from now…to come here and be astonished there was ever a time when women earned less than men for doing the same work.”

I am proud to be from California, a state that is leading the way on Equal Pay. Will you join me in spreading awareness about the wage disparity in California and across the country by sharing our graphic?

Thank you for your support,

Alex Padilla