Pelosi Statement on Equal Pay Day
Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year:
“Equal Pay Day is a challenge to America’s leaders – a reminder that, for all of our country’s progress, our fight for equality in our society remains unfinished and incomplete. In a nation founded on the belief in freedom, it is our responsibility and obligation to act to secure the freedom of all women and all workers to earn a living equal to their efforts.
“Today, President Obama is accepting the challenge with concrete actions to advance the equal pay effort. The President’s executive order will empower women to learn more about pay disparities and seek out remedies, and his memorandum will help ensure that federal contractors abide by equal pay laws. Building on these steps, it is our hope that the Senate will vote to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this week and that the House will soon follow suit.
“From the Equal Pay Act to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Democrats have led the charge for equality in our economy. Today, we continue that tradition with our economic agenda for women and families – ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds’ – built on the pillars of fair pay, paid family and medical leave, and affordable, quality child care. On this Equal Pay Day, let’s work to enact this initiative and make equal pay for equal work more than a mantra, but a reality for all Americans.”
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