Wow. Just wow. I don't really like the idea of Countable becoming a site where participants go at each other instead of addressing the issues and our representatives, so no names here. However, I think in order to make my case I need to respectfully also point out what others have mentioned. Of course it seems to be predominantly the smug angry white male crowd who is taking issue with equal pay and gender equality. (Oh shoot! I just described my representatives! Darn it!) The one thing I learned in statistics all those years ago is your answers depend largely upon your questions and what you choose to look at. So yeah, you can make the numbers say anything, and that goes for both sides. I do believe a wage gap exists and I base my position not on statistics alone but on observations and real life experiences. If no wage gap or gender bias in the workplace exists why do women keep winning law suits? Hmm... I'm sure it's just a liberal communist plot on the part of the mean old judicial system. Right guys? Seriously though, the wage gap is just one piece of a much bigger and very frustrating puzzle. It isn't just equal pay for equal work at play here. It's equal opportunity for advancement or overtime or even to land the better paying jobs in the first place. It's how women are too often treated at work and in society. It's the myriad of ways women are held back and pushed down every day by a patriarchal society that privileged white men don't recognize because they have never been victimized by it in the way women and people of color routinely are and because they flat out don't want to. I'm not sure how to fix that, but if we as a nation ever hope to reach our potential we surely need to try harder. The current system is inherently unfair and no statistics in the world will ever convince those of us who suffer under the weight of it any differently. After reading the details of the bill my question is why are the nay voters so riled up? It isn't as if this bill comes close to guaranteeing women are going to receive the pay raises many deserve. It just says we should be paid fairly and establishes some basic criteria for determining whether that's happening. So if the contention of the nay sayers is correct and there is no actual pay gap then what's going to change and what are they worried about? Sounds a bit like just maybe the nays aren't exactly confident of the validity their quoted statistics or their position and are afraid some woman somewhere might be about to get a bigger piece of the pie they've been saving for themselves all these years. Representatives, it is your job to at least give us that chance. Support all of your constituents by supporting this bill.