Bustos talks wage inequality with women

By Audrey Wise

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says more needs to be done for women in the workplace.

Bustos was in Peoria Wednesday to highlight research on wage disparities for women.

She said nationally women make $.77 for every dollar a man makes. But even worse, in our region women make less than $.70 for every dollar a man makes.

"I think it's a moral obligation," said Bustos, (D) 17th District. "I think the good business owners that we have all around this region they do that already, we need to make sure those who don't understand the importance of it, that we're talking about that."

Congresswoman Bustos said other factors at play are affordable childcare, the importance of sick leave and raising the minimum wage.

At the event, she also discussed the re-match ahead in November against Republican Bobby Schilling.

Congresswoman Bustos first won election in 2012 by defeating the incumbent Schilling.

Congresswoman Bustos said leading up to the election she will continue to doing what she has been doing.

"Focus on the economy, social security, medicare, a livable wage, fighting our hardest for veterans, all of those have been the issues that we've been working very hard on in the 15 months I've served in office and we'll just continue to focus on that," she said.

The general election is Tuesday, November 4.

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