(Houston, Texas) Today, Senator Sylvia R. Garcia cancelled her appearance at the Macy’s at the Galleria Hidalgo to kick-off the 2013 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.   

“While I strongly support the tax free weekend that allows parents struggling to provide clothing and supplies for their children before they return to school, I was dismayed to learn that Macy’s and Kroger would oppose equal pay for equal work.  As a co-sponsor of the legislation and supporter of  equal rights, I am supporting the call to boycott  until these stores  reverse their position and declare their support for equal pay, ”  stated Senator Garcia.  

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Macy’s, Kroger, and a few smaller retailers sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry asking him to veto the equal pay for equal work legislation, known as the Texas Lilly Ledbetter Act.   On average, women make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  

Over a woman’s career, that disparity leads to more than $430,000 in lost wages.  During the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Senfronia Thompson authored and passed House Bill 950, which gives legal standing to women who are paid less for doing the same job as a man.  Governor Perry was urged by retailers, including Macy’s and Kroger, in a letter to veto the bill – which he ultimately did.