Jun 10, 2013

DCCC Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel and Women LEAD Co-Chairs Representative Chellie Pingree and Representative Lois Frankel released the following statements on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. All three are Co-Sponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s statement:

“Today marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Equal Pay Act, signed by President Kennedy in 1963 as a first step toward guaranteeing that American women receive the equal pay that they deserve for equal work. Sadly, much work remains to be done in our march toward pay equality – and House Republicans continue to be the obstacle to equality”

“Women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, and that is just as wrong today as it was in 1963. Yet House Republicans are obstructing progress at every turn – most recently with the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would put more money in the pockets of middle class families – and make sure women earn the same as their male counterparts. Until Republicans begin to support basic fairness for American women, women will continue to flee the Republican Party.”

DCCC Women LEAD Co-Chair Chellie Pingree’s statement:

“Women in America continue to work just as hard as men and continue to get paid less.  We've made progress but still have a long way to go toward correcting this fundamental injustice.  Unfortunately Republican leadership has blocked efforts at leveling the playing field and has instead pursued an extremist agenda that hurts working women and their families.”

DCCC Women LEAD Co-Chair Lois Frankel’s statement:

“Today's 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act is an important reminder of the work that still needs to be done to close the pay gap between women and men.

“This is about fairness for women and families and we must redouble our efforts to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.”


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