RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a proclamation Tuesday morning aimed at bringing the pay of women in Virginia to the same level of their male counterparts.
“I’m all in.” Governor McAuliffe said. “As a father of five, including three young daughters, I want to make sure that my daughters will make what they are entitled to make.”
During remarks after the proclamation signing, McAuliffe stated Virginia women make 79 cents to the dollar compared to men.
He compared those numbers to Maryland, where he said the difference is 85 cents to the dollar, and the District of Columbia, where he said it is 90 cents on the dollar.
“We want to encourage women to move to Virginia, to start businesses in Virginia, but in order to do that, we’ve got to make sure women get paid,” Governor McAuliffe said.
Legislators attending the ceremony included Delegate Rosslyn Dance of Petersburg, Delegate Betsy Carr of Richmond, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax, and House Minority Whip Delegate Charnelle Herring of Alexandria.
Governor McAuliffe handed out the pens he used to sign the proclamation to representatives from the American Association of University Women of Virginia, The League of Women Voters, and the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women.