Year After Year, Equal Pay Day Is a Painful Reminder of Our Nation’s Punishing Wage Gap and the Great Harm It Causes
"Today, on Equal Pay Day, moms are reminding our elected leaders: The wage gap is unacceptable, unjust, and devastating to families’ economic security and to our economy. Unless Congress takes action, women will continue to lose $400,000 on average over the course of a 40-year career to the wage gap.
“It is an outrage that women working full-time are paid just 84 cents on the dollar compared to men working full-time, moms are paid just 74 cents for every dollar paid to dads, and women and moms of color face even more devastating wage gaps. We will continue to fight until no one is shortchanged on her paycheck due to her gender or race.
“A new report from Moody Analytics estimates that at the current rate, it will take 132 years to close the economic gender gap worldwide. That cannot stand. We need action in our country now. Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to close loopholes in the nearly 60-year-old Equal Pay Act, invest in policies that root out structural racism and sexism in our nation, and build the care infrastructure the United States so urgently needs.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“Paid family and medical leave. Quality, affordable child care. An end to occupational segregation and maternal discrimination. Stronger penalties for wage discrimination. Measures to promote pay transparency. A minimum wage that is a living wage. Secure access to abortion care. A robust care infrastructure. These are the policies that will help end our shameful wage gap and boost our nation’s families and economy. Their passage should be a no-brainer for Congress.
“President Biden demonstrated extraordinary leadership by including historic investments in the care infrastructure in his FY24 budget proposal, and Congress must follow suit by making those investments reality. That would be a huge step toward ending the wage gap once and for all and building an economy where everyone can thrive. Moms will continue to raise our voices until the wage gap is a thing of the past.”
-Statement of Taylor Austin, Campaign Manager, Workplace Justice, MomsRising