The wage gap is very real and very persistent. If we are going to truly interested in every person being compensated based on the quality of their work and their productivity for the company, then we have to pass stronger requirements for employers and protections for employees. I think the measure protecting workers' right to discuss their wages is crucial--many times women start at a salary disadvantage because they don't know how much to negotiate for. Since raises are often percentage-based, that digs women into a hole that is hard to get out of. We also need stronger protections for wage discrimination based on race. Black women make closer to 66 percent of what white men make for the same job. This bill will not address that.