Augusta Free Press

Ralph Northam shares vision for stronger families, gender equality in Virginia

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam today unveiled a policy for working families in the Commonwealth, including proposals to address equal pay, paid family leave, and childcare affordability.

The “Stronger Families” plan is part of Northam’s vision for an economy with opportunity for all Virginians – no matter who you are, no matter where you are. That means ensuring a level playing field exists between men and women.

Strong women and families are vital to Virginia’s economic prosperity. Women make up more than 50 percent of the population, and own more than 36 percent of privately-held businesses that generate over $38 billion a year in revenue.

Currently, women are paid 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, yet they are the primary breadwinners in 38 percent of Virginia families. This gap is even worse for women of color: African-American women are paid 60 cents, Latinas are paid 63 cents, and Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to a white man.

This pay gap shortchanges Virginia women nearly $11,000 dollars per year.

As governor, Ralph Northam will:



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