Congress Equal Pay

FILE — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at left by Lilly Ledbetter, an activist for workplace equality, speaks at an event to advocate for the Paycheck Fairness Act on the 10th anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

To the editor — I believe we should be talking about the pay gap. No matter how much we deny it, it is a real thing that affects people everywhere. At the rate we are going, the wage gap will not close until 2058, which is another generation away.

On average, women earn about 82% of what men with similar education and experience earn. There is no reason for the difference in earnings when both genders are equally qualified. We should focus on minimizing the wage gap now so that future generations won’t experience this problem.

Washington women will only make 79 cents for every dollar that men make in 2019. The median salary for men is 21% higher than the median salary for women regardless of job type or seniority, but women with the same job and qualifications as men are still paid 2% less.

The wage gap is an issue that affects women everywhere and one that we should put an end to as soon as possible.