Mayor Hodges applauds House of Representatives for bipartisan passage of Women’s Economic Security Act 
April 9, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) —Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges today applauded the Minnesota House of Representative's passage of the historic Women's Economic Security Act, which received overwhelming bipartisan support.
This landmark legislation includes steps toward closing the gender pay gap, expanding family and sick leave for working families, and helps older women be economically secure.
"Speaker Paul Thissen and the legislature's leadership in addressing these inequities will have a positive impact on women and working families in Minneapolis. The pay gap hits women of color and women from immigrant and refugee communities particularly hard, leading to higher poverty rates and contributing to the disparities that divide our communities. This bill represents a big step in the right direction as we strive for equity,” said Mayor Hodges.
The bill also encourages women to pursue non-traditional, high-wage jobs, in addition to providing support for women-owned small businesses.
"The Minnesota construction industry is expected to grow by almost 40 percent by the end of the decade. That's more than 34,000 new, well-paying jobs that Minnesota women must be ready for.  I am encouraged to see the state’s innovation in standing with Minnesota’s working women and families. I look forward to this bill’s continued success at the Minnesota Senate and eventual passage into law.”
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Published Apr 9, 2014