Pelosi Statement on 51st Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 51st anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963:
“It has been 51 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, affirming women’s right to equal pay for equal work, and taking an important first step to ending the injustice of paying women less than men for the same work. In the decades since, our nation has continued to take steps towards paycheck fairness, including the landmark Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Obama signed into law in 2009. However, there is still much, much more to be done.
“Even today, women on average earn only 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. For African American women and Latinas the pay gap is even larger. African American women on average earn only 64 cents and Latinas on average earn only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. By the time she turns 65, the average woman will have lost $431,000 to the earnings gap.
“If we are to unleash the full potential of women in our economy, we must work to close this gap. Pay disparity weakens our families and erodes the middle class – the backbone of our democracy. It is time for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and enact an agenda that renews the enduring truth of our nation: when women succeed, America succeeds. For when women earn equal pay for equal work, we know our economy will prosper and our society will thrive. Today, let us draw strength from the progress we have made, and rededicate ourselves to achieving fairness for all America’s women.”
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