ALBANY, N.Y. -- Local women joined Congressman Paul Tonko Sunday to discuss legislation supporting women in the workplace and their families.
Gender pay gap was a big topic at the discussion. In the Capital Region, women make up about half the workforce, but earn just 82 cents for every dollar men earn.
Nationwide, it's 77 cents, and even less for African American and Hispanic women. Tonko is calling on House leadership to immediately address his legislation.
"Respect women and show fairness and justice to women in the workforce. If you're doing a job that is of equal standards, equal responsibilities, you should draw the same salary," Tonko said.
"Women work just as hard as men do in the workplace so we should all have that equal pay," said Schenectady resident Diane Robinson.
Tonko also says he supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act. This would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, as well as the Healthy Families Act which would give employees at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.