Pelosi Statement on 57th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

Jun 10, 2020
Press Release
Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 57th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed into law by President Kennedy on June 10, 1963:
“Today, our nation marks 57 years since President Kennedy took the historic first step toward achieving equal pay for equal work for America’s women when he signed the Equal Pay Act into law.  More than half a century later, we have made great progress, yet working women, on average, still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man.  Unfortunately, President Kennedy’s prescient words that, ‘much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity,’ remain true for too many Americans.
“We mark this milestone as the health and well-being of our families and our economy have been devastated by the coronavirus crisis.  With the highest unemployment our nation has seen since the Great Depression, the more than $400,000 a woman loses over the course of her career to the gender wage gap is more damaging than ever, making it even more difficult for women to provide for and support themselves and their families.  And as our nation continues to grapple with the age-old scourge of racial injustice, we must also confront the pay discrimination that disproportionately impacts women of color, with African American women earning only 61 cents and Latinas earning only 53 cents for every dollar earned by white men.  At this challenging time, we must work to overcome generations of injustice against working women to strengthen our families, our communities and our nation.
“Over a year ago, House Democrats passed H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to help fulfill the promise of the Equal Pay Act.  Now, as millions of families suffer the health and economic consequences of the Administration’s failed coronavirus response, the Senate must end its partisan obstruction and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, to ensure women receive pay equal to their work.  As our nation prepares to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote, House Democrats are committed to honoring the dignity and contribution of America’s women, because when women succeed, America succeeds.”
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