Today April 17th starting 5:10pm:   My comedy part comes at 5:50pm at the main pavilion where I will try to confuse the issues even more!   Don’t worry I made hand outs!   Why am I speaking?  Truthfully, I intrinsically already feel so bad about myself just being raised a midwesterner & a Lutheran, I don’t need the WI government helping me out with that.   Irvine Park-120 Bridgewater Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

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Thanks for listening. and please read all the good info below,

Mary-ready to speak and yes everybody will probably be offended even though I don’t mean it that way, or do I?  

(Oh April 17th is Equal Pay Day because that’s on the average how long a woman has to work into the next year to make the same as a man with the same job in the year before…so about 4 months longer—that’s a lot, and that’s without the new rules that make it even more difficult for the gals.)

Wisconsin is ground zero for the war on women.
·        State Senator Glenn Grothman, who introduced SB 202, the bill which overturned the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act summed it up this way: “You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
·        A recent TV ad paid for the Republican State Leadership Committee depicts State Representative Donna Seidel in a recipe box. But you don’t have to watch the ad to know that Republicans would rather see Wisconsin women in the kitchen than at work—particularly working in the Capital building. 
·        Earlier this month, Gov. Walker and all four Republicans running in senate recall elections—Van Wanggaard, Terry Moulton, Jerry Petrowski, and Scott Fitzgerald—overturned the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law that helped shrink the pay gap between men and women by deterring employers from discriminating against women and people of color.  This, in conjunction with last year’s attacks on collective bargaining—aimed at a majority female workforce—makes working women particularly vulnerable in Wisconsin.
The GOPs is not only assaulting women’s rights, but it’s also waging war on women’s wages
·        When Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” and started his all out war on collective bargaining, he also started his war on women. 
·        Reporter Alyssa Battistoni explained last year during the protests that the “demise of public sector unions would be most detrimental to women and African-Americans, who make up a disproportionate share of the public sector workforce.”
·        Approximately 80 percent of teachers, and 95 percent of nurses, are women.  The majority of all other public sector employees are also women.  When you deny the right for women to collectively bargain you deny them the chance to close the gender pay gap.
Wisconsin had been on the path to narrowing the pay gap, but Republicans like Scott Walker and (Terry Moulton, Scott Fitzgerald and Jerry Petrowski) are turning back the clock and taking us in the wrong direction.
·        The gender pay gap closes to 88 cents on the dollar for women who have the right to bargain versus 72 cents for those who don’t.
·        When you take away the right to punish employers who discriminate based on their gender, you have created a situation that almost guarantees the unfair wage gap between men and women will persist.    
·        April 17, is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into 2012 a women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. 
·        When Act 20 passed, women in Wisconsin had hoped that we were on our way to becoming one of the few states which successfully closed the gap between men’s and women’s wages. 
·        Under Scott Walker’s leadership, we have been moving in the wrong direction.  Walker and the Senate Republicans who introduced and voted for this legislation may think that women’s voices don’t matter, but come June they will learn an invaluable lesson: a woman’s vote does not count for just 78 percent of a man’s. 

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  1. Yeah, Mary!
    Glad to see a working gal standing up for equality!
    The more I know about you the more I like you. 😀

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