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Friday, August 22, 2014

Thank you for paycheck fairness

Letter to the Editor

As a female college student ready to enter the workforce next year, I am incredibly concerned with the gender pay gap which still exists in New Hampshire, 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 s​tate of New Hampshire passed the Paycheck Fairness Act this past legislative session, which Gov. Maggie Hassan signed earlier this month. ...

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As a female college student ready to enter the workforce next year, I am incredibly concerned with the gender pay gap which still exists in New Hampshire, 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 s​tate of New Hampshire passed the Paycheck Fairness Act this past legislative session, which Gov. Maggie 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 in 2014, I am proud that our state leaders 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. Gilmour and Lasky, as well as Gov. Hassan and the rest of our female leaders for championing this cause!

Naomi Jefferson

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