Pelosi Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 12, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year:

“Equal Pay Day marks the 103 extra days a woman would have to work to match the annual earnings of a man, since a woman earns on average only 79 cents to his dollar.  In the United States of America, in 2016, women still face a pay gap that costs them an average of $430,480 by the time they turn 65.  For women of color, this destructive pay gap stretches even wider, with African American women earning 60 cents and Latinas earning 55 cents for every dollar earned by white men.

“Democrats believe we must act to make real the promise of paycheck fairness for all America’s working women and their families.  The first bill President Obama signed into law, the landmark Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, advanced our progress toward fair wages for women.  Now Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act: a bill cosponsored by every single House Democrat, and a pillar of our ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds’ economic agenda for women and families.

“Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental principle of fairness in our economy and in our democracy.  Yet, more than half a century after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, America’s working women are still being denied the fairness and the respect of the equal pay they have earned.  We can and must do better.  Let us ensure that women and working families receive the fair pay and the bigger paychecks needed to keep America moving forward.”

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