We must invest in the economic opportunities for women in Missouri.
It is just simple economics; when our women do well, our state does well. Yet, currently our Missouri women make only 78 cents for every dollar their male counterpart makes. Even worse, Latino women make just 62 cents. That is bad economics. I will work with all levels of government to ensure that our working women get the money they deserved; and equal wage for equal work.
Almost 300,000 households in Missouri are headed by women, and more than a third of those have incomes below poverty level. Eliminating the pay gap is not just providing justice for women and their families, it means providing critical resources to live. Economic security is a prerequisite for economic success. We need to invest in Missouri women and their families, and I know we will reap the benefits in the future.
The 2014 Disparity Study by the State of Missouri Office of Administration found that only 22.7% of state contracts (which total are worth $3 billion) went to minority- and women-owned businesses. We know what women are willing to work and contribute to our economy. But unequal access to industry networks; discriminatory attitudes and perceptions; and stifled ability to get public- and private-sector work are all obstacles faced by women in Missouri. This must end. My office will work tirelessly to increase access to state contracting, expand outreach to minority- and women-owned businesses, and review current requirements, policies, procedures, and practices for potential biases. I will also work with other government offices and officials to ensure that discrimination in government contracting ends.
Eliminate Gender Discrimination