In 2013, Ross introduced the Equal Pay Act, noting that more so than ever before, women are serving as the primary or sole breadwinners for their households: “‘Women are responsible for their families’ welfare. And we need to make sure that the state of North Carolina supports them."
Women in North Carolina are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to men. For women of color, that gap is even larger. Asian women are paid 78 cents, African American women are paid 64 cents, and Latinas are paid just 48 cents for every dollar paid to men.
She has made the same call to action in her bid for Senate, saying she’ll continue to fight for a national law that remedies the gender pay gap –– leadership that North Carolina is currently missing. In fact, it’s worse. Senator Richard Burr has voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is now the law of the land, and he has also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act repeatedly.