Pope Francis Calls For Ending The Gender Pay Gap

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Pope Francis is the latest person to condemn the wage gap between men and women. 

"As Christians, we must become more demanding... (by) supporting with decision the right to equal retribution for equal work; disparity is a pure scandal," he said during a weekly address at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Pope Francis was discussing the divorce rate when he made the comment, Vatican Radio reported.

The Pope also said “broken marriage bonds” are bad for the children involved and advocated for an equal relationship between spouses, which carries over to the workplace. "The equality enjoyed by the spouses must produce new fruit — equal opportunities in the workplace; a new valuing of motherhood and fatherhood, and a greater appreciation for the openness of families to those most in need,” he said.

Though the statistic that women make 78 cents for every man’s dollar is only true for white women in the U.S. Black women make 64 cents for every white man’s dollar and American Indian and Alaska Native women make 59 cents per dollar. Hispanic and Latina women experience the widest wage gap and make, on average, 54 cents per dollar a white man earns.

Sources: The Huffington Post, American Association of University Women

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