Pelosi Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 4, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 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 highlights the fact that women in the U.S. who work full-time, year-round on average still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.  On this day, women’s annual earnings have finally caught up with the average man’s earnings last year.  For families across the country, the pay gap translates into less take-home pay that women can use to help meet the everyday needs of their families, including buying groceries, paying rent, and affording doctors’ visits.

“This unfair, unjust pay gap costs women an average of $418,800 by the time they retire.  For women of color, the pay gap stretches even wider, with African American women, on average, earning only 63 cents and Latinas earning only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white men.  To address this pay gap, Congress must finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and, for the first time, provide effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal wages for equal work. 
“More than 70 days into the Trump Presidency, American families are still waiting for President Trump to fulfill his promises to working people.  The American people deserve better.  Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental principle of fairness in our economy and in our democracy.  Let us ensure that women and working families receive the fair pay and the bigger paychecks needed to create a stronger America for all.”

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