Ohio Women Call on Portman to Take Action on Equal Pay

Portman Puts Washington First, Not Working Women And Families

OHIO — With the holidays right around the corner, Ohio women are today holding events in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo to call on Sen. Rob Portman to take action on equal pay legislation.

“In Ohio, women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men,” said state Rep. Janine Boyd, who attended today’s event in Cleveland. “This has a real impact on women’s lives and their ability to provide for their families. Over a lifetime, women lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of income because of the wage gap.”

“Rob Portman says he’s against discrimination in the workplace — but he voted five times against legislation that would actually do something about pay equity,” said Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, who led today’s event in Columbus. “His actions have a real impact on women’s lives here in Ohio — and prove that he’s putting his Washington politics first, not the working people of Ohio.”

“We have the signatures of more than 3,000 Ohioans who endorsed a petition calling on Senator Portman to take action on this issue and support equal pay legislation,” said Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, who led the Cincinnati event.

In addition to presenting the petitions, the women also presented Portman with an invoice for 23 percent of an average holiday meal for a family of four, with ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and Christmas cookies.

“The point we’re trying to make is that the wage gap is a real issue,” said Janice Skeen, regional lead for the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus. “It’s about dollars and cents — and real Ohio women trying to feed their families and pay their bills, all on an income that is on average 23 percent less than what Ohio men are making.”

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State Rep. Janine Boyd and grassroots activists at Portman's Cleveland office
State Rep. Janine Boyd and grassroots activists at Portman’s Cleveland office
Councilwoman Yvette Simpson at Portman's Cleveland Office
Councilwoman Yvette Simpson at Portman’s Cincinnati Office
Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy at Portman's Columbus Office
Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy at Portman’s Columbus Office
Councilwoman Lindsay Webb at Portman's Toledo Office
Councilwoman Lindsay Webb at Portman’s Toledo Office