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Nancy Pelosi Visits San Antonio to Discuss Equal Pay for Women

by: Natalie San Luis

Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Last Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited San Antonio to speak on paycheck fairness at a women's economic forum.

She discussed When Women Succeed, America Succeeds, House Democrats' economic agenda to close the wage gap between men and women.

In Texas, equal pay for women has been in the spotlight as Senator Wendy Davis' campaign highlights Greg Abbott's silence on the issue.

Currently, Texas women make 79.1 cents on the dollar compared to men with the same position, responsibilities, education, and experience. Women of color and trans Texans make substantially less.

Read more about equal pay in Texas after the jump.

50 years after the signing of the Equal Pay Act, women still earn significantly less than men for the same work.

In Texas, the wage gap between a man and a woman in the same position is $7,859 annually.

Pelosi's economic agenda focuses on the specific challenges that women face in the workforce, including the work and family balance, difficulty finding child care, and unequal pay.

"Women are equally qualified with male counterparts, same education, experience, training, qualifications and the rest and in many places women make 77-cents on the dollar," she said at the forum.

The When Women Succeed, America Succeeds also calls for increasing the minimum wage, expanding family and medical leave, and providing access to pre-K.

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