Steve Bullock on Civil Rights
Address persistent wage gap between men and women
Gov. Steve Bullock will convene another summit focused on a persistent wage gap between men and women that, he says, ranks Montana 39th in the nation in pay equity. Bullock visited with his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force that he formed shortly
after taking office three years ago. He urged the task force to continue the task of reducing the wage gap.
With the economy a focal point of the governor's race, Bullock is attempting to position himself as an advocate of the working class.
Bullock wants to see wages rise--particularly among women who aren't being paid fairly. He said Montana women make about 67 cents for every dollar made by men. And he noted the slow pace in which women are catching up to men in salaries. "At
this rate, the gap won't close until the year 2080. That's unacceptable," he told the group. "I'd match our Montana work ethic up against any other state in the nation, and 39th in the country in pay equity is flat out not OK."
Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana Gubernatorial race
, Mar 11, 2016
First MT governor to officiate same-sex wedding
Gov. Steve Bullock recently became the first governor in Montana history to officiate a same-sex marriage. He performed it Sept. 12 for Mike Wessler, his deputy communications director, and Wade Zolynski.
About 100 people were in attendance. Wessler gave his boss kudos for a job well done. The state has recognized same-sex marriage since November.
Source: Great Falls Tribune on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
, Oct 23, 2015
Protect the right to marry any person you love
Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming the freedom to marry for same sex couples:
"This ruling protects the right of all Montanans to marry the person they love,
and moves our state and nation closer to the promise of freedom, dignity, and equality that they were founded upon. All people, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the opportunity to make a good life for themselves and their families."
Source: 2015 Montana Governor's office press release governor.mt.gov
, Jun 26, 2015
Close the wage gap for women
Today is International Women's Day and I pledge to continue to fight for fair pay for all Montana workers--
because when Montana women and families succeed, we all succeed. Learn more about what we're doing to close the wage gap at˙equalpay.mt.gov.
Source: Facebook.com posting for 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
, Mar 8, 2015
Still work to be done to ensure gender pay equity
Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement regarding the 100th Anniversary of Women's suffrage in Montana:
"As the state that elected Jeannette Rankin, the very first woman ever elected to Congress, Montana has a rich history of supporting women's suffrage.
On this the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage in Montana, Montanans should be proud of our past and continue to work to ensure all Montanans have access to a defining right of our democracy--a right so many fought for -- the right to participate in
choosing our leaders.
While a woman's right to vote is here to stay, there is still work to be done to ensure full equality--including gender pay equity--in Montana."
Source: 2014 Montana Governor's office press release governor.mt.gov
, Nov 3, 2014
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