Chairman Crowley Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act
(Queens, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) released the following statement to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act:
“The Equal Pay Act was instrumental to ending wage discrimination but fifty-five years after the passage of this seminal legislation, we still struggle to fully achieve wage equality between men and women. Women today earn only 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, and for African-American women and Latinas, that number is significantly lower.
“Not only is this a gross injustice, but it is a severe drag on our economy. And as women’s earnings become more and more critical to their families’ financial stability, the consequences of the gender pay gap are far reaching. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act, better enforce wage discrimination, and ensure women are paid a salary that reflects their work and value.”