Hoyer Statement on Equal Pay Day

For Immediate Release:

April 12, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today recognizing Equal Pay Day:

“On Equal Pay Day we recognize the extra amount of time a woman must work – from January 1, 2010 to April 12, 2011 – for her wages to equal what a man could earn during 2010 alone. Today, women earn just 75% of what men earn, and the wage gap is even greater for minority women and older women. With women making a growing share of family income, this inequity is felt by families throughout the country. It is past time for this injustice to come to an end.

“In the last Congress, Democrats enacted the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help close the gender gap in wages and ensure women receive the same pay for equal work. And today, I’m proud to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will build on that progress. I urge my colleagues to continue supporting the fight for pay equity regardless of gender, race and age and recommit ourselves to equality and fairness for all Americans.”

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