Vice Chair Crowley Statement on 52nd Anniversary of Equal Pay Act

Jun 10, 2015 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Calls for immediate passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act


(Washington, D.C.)Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement marking the 52nd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Crowley is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act and helps to ensure women everywhere will earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“Equal pay is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue. When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women were earning only 66 cents for every dollar a man earned. While that gap has narrowed, the fact that it continues to exist is astonishing. We must renew our commitment to ensuring all workers are treated equally and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters all deserve better.”

The Equal Pay Act, signed into law June 10, 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, requires employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. At the time the bill was signed, women were paid 66 cents for every dollar earned by men. Today, 52 years later, women on average make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. According to a Pew Research Center analysis four in 10 American households with children under the age of 18 include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.

The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, including by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work and by protecting employees from retaliation for sharing salary information with their co-workers. 

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.