The resolution says women in Colorado earned 86 cents to the dollar, and black women earned 63 cents on that same dollar.
Senate Resolution 2019-009 in the Colorado Senate intended to mark April 2, 2019, as "Equal Pay Day," and it passed with 30 of 35 senators voting in support of it. However, it was more striking when Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble, was one of two to vote against the Equal Pay Day bill.
It’s 2019 but women, particularly women of color, are still being shortchanged by gender and race wage gaps. Black women are typically paid 63 cents, Native women 57 cents,Latinas 54 cents, and Asian women 80 cents for every dollar paid to white men. #EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/4qPMBQuNaZ— Janet Buckner (@repjanetbuckner) 2 April 2019
Equal Pay Day bill is also a resolution encouraging government agencies within the state to close the gender pay gap. However Vicki Marble, being a woman herself surprisingly that explained she could not support something that “was so focused against the white man.” USA Today's Coloradoan reports.
“Frankly, I feel white men have done a lot for this country and this legislature, as all men have, and I just want to thank them,” Marble said.
At the same time, the resolution mentioned that women in Colorado earned 86 cents to the dollar, and black women earned 63 cents on that same. The statistics went on to report that over a 40-year career, a black woman would lose over $850,000 to the pay gap.
As she explained why she's voting against an equal pay resolution today, Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) thanked white men for all they've done for this country.— Next with Kyle Clark (@nexton9news) 2 April 2019
"I just can't take part in something that is so focused against a white man," she said. pic.twitter.com/d5Jhoz9cSr
Marble gave multiple reasons for the pay gap; including experience and field of work, adding she was at odds with some of the numbers.
I know that in my family, the Mexicans, the Native Americans, the Chinese, the Muslim, the Jews — they're all making what they can and we've never talked about someone being paid more than another for doing a job," Marble said to the Coloradoan.
"Not all white men make the same as every white man in a job. It's just not a given that anybody is going to be making the same. It doesn't matter if you're a white man or a purple man. People are hired at different levels." She continued.
She said it's reasonable that workers are paid differently based on their levels of experience.
"They're making what they can?" "Doing their best?" "No one talks about it?" What world do you live in? Or maybe I should ask, what hole? Hail to the Purple Man!— Shannon Jakoby (@sronejakoby) 3 April 2019
However, the state Senator also claimed that she was not sure why she was really opposing the bill.
She said she is more opposed to this resolution more than others brought forward in the past because "I feel so much anger in this resolution but I'm not sure where it's directed."
What a shocking load of rubbish! Vicki Marble does not deserve the position of Senator. She is babbling nonsense. Who doesn't think equal pay for equal work is a given?— Diane Foley (@Welshwacko) 3 April 2019
"I just can't take part in something that is so focused against a white man because frankly, I feel white men have done a lot for this country and this legislature, as all men have," Marble said.
In addition to her resistance to the resolution, she also added personal experience in order to drive her point home.
How incredibly tone deaf...wow.— 🏔️ Myles Becker 🏔️ (@mylesbecker) 2 April 2019
She said as a single mom, she felt gratitude for what she had despite "living on hot dogs and macaroni and cheese, not exactly health food for children, but I'm not gonna say that we were food deprived.
"I don't feel cheated; I feel blessed."
While there is a lot of debate around the politics of poverty and the wage gap, statistics are showing that poverty rates could be cut in half from 5.6 to 2.8 percent should the pay gap be fixed.
Sen. Rhonda Fields, who voted in support of the bill, used this reasoning for her vote. She told the Coloradoan she voted to help put an end to poverty in the state.