The following is an excerpt from Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini’s op-ed in The Two River Times, click here for the full piece.
These are only a few of the hundreds of bills that have been introduced in the Legislature that have an impact on women. While we have made great progress in ensuring that women’s issues are a priority of this Legislature, there is still much work to be done. In fact, women still make less than men, proving that the gender gap still exists. According to a recent report, women in the United States earned 77 percent of what men earned in 2010. Clearly, this is one of many areas that must be addressed in order to ensure women are treated as equal members of society.
However, it is important to note that there are many pressing issues that affect men and women equally. Here in New Jersey one of those issues is the need to make our state more affordable. Many women run households and are keenly aware of how their budgets are becoming stretched to the breaking point. Increases in the cost of living, in New Jersey- including ever increasing taxes- are one of the most important issues facing all New Jerseyans and if we don’t confront the financial burden shouldered by taxpayers more and more citizens- both men and women- will be forced to flee New Jersey for more affordable states.