Chairman Crowley Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 4, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, In the Community

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on Equal Pay Day, which reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. Crowley is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act and helps to ensure women will earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“Equal Pay Day is an important reminder of how much more work we must do to close the gender wage gap and open opportunity for all workers. On average, women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. The disparity is even worse for Latinas and African-American women. This wage gap is not only unfair, it severely hinders women’s long-term financial growth and stability, hurts hardworking families, and is bad for the economy.

“Congress can take action to fix this problem by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women fight wage discrimination. It’s really quite simple: equal work deserves equal pay. It is time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and ensure workplace fairness.”