Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 12, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs

(Queens, NY) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, 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 everywhere will earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“Gender pay inequity directly affects women. But, let’s be clear, it also affects families and our society as a whole. It is unfathomable that in 2016, men’s and women’s salaries have yet to reach parity. The consequences of this wage gap extend far beyond the here and now.  Lower pay today means fewer savings down the road, leading to greater economic insecurity in retirement. We owe it to the women of our country to fix this problem once and for all. House Democrats will continue fighting for equal pay in order to give women the compensation and respect they deserve. On this Equal Pay Day, we recommit to making equal pay for equal work a reality.”

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.