Today, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon joined the Minnesota Pay Equity Coalition to celebrate Minnesota’s 30 Years of Leadership in delivering pay equity for Minnesota women.
In 1982, Governor Al Quie signed the Minnesota State Employee Pay Equity Act, ensuring that women working in state government would earn the same pay as men for work of equal value. Two years later, Governor Rudy Perpich signed the Local Government Pay Equity Act, extending the right to equal pay to women working in local government.
To mark the occasion, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon read the proclamation declaring today State Employee Pay Equity Day. Female employees account for half of workers in the executive branch—over 16,000 employees. The Minnesota State Employee Pay Equity Act ensures these women receive fair compensation.
Pay equity isn’t just important for women in Minnesota; it is a critical issue for children and families across Minnesota. Women continue to provide an ever increasing amount of financial support for their families. 35% of woman with at least one child in the home are also the primary breadwinners for their families. Overall, 45% of the income earned by the typical married couple in Minnesota is earned by a woman.
As female earners play an increasingly important role in helping Minnesota families succeed, Governor Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Prettner-Solon are committed to ensuring the gains women have fought hard to make over the past 30 years are not lost.