Letitia James knows how to fix the gender pay gap.
“My mantra is simple, if you ever want anything to get done, just give it to a woman,” She explained. “Equal pay or equal work is an issue for all Americans — women should be paid for doing the same job men do.”
James became the first women of color to hold a citywide office in NYC in 2014. Since then she’s been fighting to close the gender pay gap.
She stated, “I stand with all women throughout this city and throughout this nation and demand that we be paid the same as men and that we be given the same opportunities as men. There’s an opportunity gap that continues to exist and what we really need to do it remove the opportunity gap and provide opportunities so that all individuals, and particularly young girls, can shine.”
In reference to the wage gap being a myth to many, she explained, “It’s not a myth, all you have to do is speak to a woman — or should I say — walk in her high heels. It affects families, it affects children, it affects our economy. Women are unfortunately paid less than men and oftentimes that wage, salary carries all the way into their retirement and so it’s not just a one-time occurrence. And we need to make sure that it’s fair and that it’s balanced — you do not leave women of color behind.”