Our legislators deserve thanks

To the editor:

As a female college student ready to enter the workforce next year, I am incredibly concerned with the gendered pay gap which still exists in the state, as well as in the rest of the country. Last week, I was happy to see that a ceremony was held to thank state Sens. Peggy Gilmour and Bette Lasky, among other Nashua-area legislators, for their part in fighting for equal pay in New Hampshire. After doing some research, I learned that the State of New Hampshire passed the Paycheck Fairness Act this past legislative session, which Gov. Hassan signed earlier this month. Although it’s shocking to me that we are still discussing the issue of equal pay for equal work even now in 2014, I am proud that our state leaders can continue to move women forward in a bipartisan fashion by initiating common sense measures like the Paycheck Fairness Act.

When I start a full-time job, I should not have to struggle to make the same amount as my male counterparts for the same work and experience I bring to the table. The New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act updates state law by eliminating loopholes, increasing transparency in wages, and ensuring that all workers have the appropriate tools and resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation. Thank you, Sens. Peggy Gilmour and Bette Lasky, as well as Gov. Maggie Hassan and the rest of our female leaders for championing this cause!

Naomi Jefferson


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