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Senator Wendy Davis Addresses Equal Pay for Latina Women

by: Natalie San Luis

Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

The topic of equal pay for equal work has received extra attention in the past few weeks as Sen. Wendy Davis criticizes Attorney General Greg Abbott for his apathy on the issue.

At the center of the debate is a frequently repeated statistic that Texas women make 79 cents on the dollar compared to Texas men with the same position, education, and experience.

This week while visiting El Paso, Sen. Davis emphasized that this figure doesn't tell the whole story for Texans who are not white. In fact, Latina women only earn 45 cents per dollar compared to their male counterparts.

"The Texas Equal Pay Act is a commonsense bill that says:  if you do a full day of work, you earn a full day's pay," Sen. Davis said at a press conference. "This just makes sense."

Read more about the impact of equal pay on Latina Texans after the jump.

It comes as no surprise that Greg Abbott doesn't believe equal pay protections are necessary—he would have to stop the pay discrimination that occurs in the Attorney General's office.

Rick Perry also recently stated that equal pay laws are "nonsense."

But despite GOP attempting to downplay the importance of closing the pay gap, paycheck equity is still at the forefront of media coverage of the governor's race.

English and Spanish language media is continuing to focus on Texans' demands for fair pay laws.

"Too many families rely on two incomes to make ends meet," Sen. Davis told El Paso citizens on Tuesday. "They can't afford to have one paycheck unfairly reduced for no good reason. I have a message for every hardworking family in El Paso, Texas. We are not 'too busy' to fight for economic opportunity for all hardworking Texans regardless of their race or gender."

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.

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