Seth Moulton, Maura Healey, Congresswoman Katherine Clark Talk Pay Equity with College Students, 6th District Voters
Salem, MA – Today, at Endicott College, surrounded by college students and 6th district voters, Seth Moulton, Marine veteran and Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 6th district, was joined by Maura Healey, Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5), and local business leaders at a round table discussion focused on the importance of paying women the same amount as their male counterparts in the workplace.
“I am honored to be surrounded by these accomplished women from here in the 6th district and across the state,” said Moulton. “It’s 2014: it’s time for women to earn the same wages as men for the same work – period. The US military doesn't pay women less than men for doing the same work, and corporations shouldn't either. I will be a staunch defender of equality not just on this issue, but also on issues like paid family leave.”
Leading public officials joined Moulton at the discussion, including Maura Healey and Congresswoman Clark. "Equal pay for equal work is the law in Massachusetts,” said Maura Healey. “Now we need to make it the reality. I look forward to joining Seth in this important discussion."
“Pay equity isn’t only a women’s issue, it's a family issue. It affects our entire economy, because when women are paid fairly, it becomes a little easier for families to put food on the table, save money for college or help an aging parent,” Clark said. “If we are going to create an economy that works for everyone, we must work together on common sense solutions to help women, families, businesses and our entire economy thrive. I'm glad to join Seth Moulton, Maura Healey, and business leaders for an important conversation on how to move Massachusetts families and our economy forward.”
Moulton invited business leaders from across the district to bring their perspective to the discussion. Fran Dichner, President, Owner and CEO of R&L Associates, Inc., who was named North of Boston Business Woman of the Year by the Daily Item of Lynn, and whose company was named one of the “Largest Woman-Led Businesses” by the Boston Business Journal, told her story of being a woman CEO and building a successful company here in the 6th district.
“Although women have made significant strides in the past decade in the workforce, there still remains a need to address the gender wage gap issue that exists and prohibits women from competing on a level playing field,” said Dichner. “As a staffing agency owner this is an issue I encounter frequently amongst the women that come to me seeking career advice, career advancement and job placement.”
Dana Gallo Strayton, the Executive Pastry Chef & Owner, Prince Street Cafe & Bakery added that “Women's issues and wage equality are important in this election and have important implications for the national economy.”