- Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 10:50 AM
WHBF 4 News - April 13, 2017 | original article
By Mike Colon
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - One senator wants to expose businesses which hike prices based on gender. It means some businesses could have some explaining to do in the future.
Studies show dry cleaners, hair salons and tailors tend to charge women more for the exact same services as men.
Senator Melinda Bush (D) has proposed a bill requiring businesses to be up front about prices. If asked, they must answer truthfully.
Senator Bush says it's unfair to charge women more while, on average, they are paid less for the same jobs.
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
The senator, who championed the fight to eliminate the pink tax on feminine hygiene products, says the discrimination must end.
Thanks to her efforts, Illinois became the third state to end the tax of pads and tampons this year. Now, the lawmaker is continuing her mission to end all economic barriers for women in the state of Illinois.