Austin, TX: Today Governor Perry vetoed House Bill 950, escalating the Republican War on Texas Women. HB 950 mirrors the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which Congress passed in 2009. Overriding the will of the Texas legislature, Governor Perry has ensured that Texas remains on the shameful and very short list of states without laws committed to pay equity for women.
Rick Perry and his Republican Party’s War on Texas Women has been picking up steam in recent days. Perry just this week opened the special session of the legislature to force consideration of a number of anti-choice bills. These bills were unable to advance in the regular session, but with the rules of the special session, they are all but guaranteed passage. And now the Governor is tearing down the bipartisan work of Texas legislators who in the regular session came together to ensure women are paid equally for equal work.
Even today, in 2013, women are paid 77 cents, on average, for every dollar men earn. This pay gap only worsens for women of color, with African American women paid 64 cents and Hispanic women paid 55 cents for every dollar earned by men. Surely this problem requires the attention of Texas government.
“Our Democratic values are clear: women deserve equal pay for equal work. We know that when women vote, Democrats win, and we can certainly say that Governor Perry is reminding all Texas women, and all fair-minded Texas men, that we have plenty of reasons to vote him out of office very soon,” says TCDP Chairwoman Jan Soifer. “It is horrifying that Governor Perry personally has decided to roll back the clock in Texas and continue to wage this War on Women. One lesson is clear: Republicans do not value women as equals.”