Moms Leader Marks 55th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act, Calls on Lawmakers to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
“Sunday, June 10th marks the 55th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. While we continue to celebrate that momentous legislative achievement more than five decades after its passage, this anniversary serves as a troubling reminder that our country still has a long way to go in closing the wage gap, reducing economic inequality and improving financial security for working women and families.
“Women of every race still earn, on average, 80 cents to every dollar a white, non-Hispanic man earns. That means women must work 15 months to earn what men earn in just 12. Mothers and women of color face even more punishing wage gaps. This pay discrimination is devastating for women, families, moms, businesses and our economy. It’s time to make a change.
“The Equal Pay Act was an important first step in the fight for fair pay, and its passage made a world of difference to generations of working women. But it wasn’t enough to close the wage gap and is now more than a half century outdated. Members of Congress need to do more for women in our nation and our economy -- they must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“The Paycheck Fairness Act would add protections to the Equal Pay Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to address income inequities in the United States. Among other provisions, it would prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who discuss salaries with colleagues and require employers to prove that pay differences exist for legitimate, job-related reasons. This bill would provide much-needed updates to the Equal Pay Act to help our country move closer to pay equity.
“The moms of America are frustrated that after 55 years, we are still not paid what men in this country are paid. We are tired of being economically devalued. We will continue to rise up and speak out until Congress builds on the Equal Pay Act’s foundation by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.”