Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today recognizing Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned the previous year:
“It is shameful that in America today, women still earn only 77 cents to the dollar compared to a man. A woman would have to work more than three extra months, from January 1, 2013 through today, in order to take home the same amount a man did in 2013 – which is why we recognize today as Equal Pay Day. Equal pay for equal work is not only an issue important to America’s working women but to the millions of families supported by women’s incomes. With more women than ever as primary breadwinners, and with millions of skilled and professional women entering the workforce each year, ensuring that they receive the pay they deserve will only become more important.
“I am glad that the President is marking this year’s Equal Pay Day by signing executive orders that will make it easier for women in the workplace to find out if they are being underpaid. When there is transparency and when workers are no longer penalized for revealing salary information to their coworkers, it makes it harder for employers to discriminate. While this is a significant step toward fixing the pay gap, there is more Congress needs to do in order to ensure equal pay for equal work is no longer a rallying cry but a reality.“I was proud of Democrats’ work to enact the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, but Congress must follow up by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a cosponsor, and which will extend today’s executive order across our country’s workforce. The Senate is considering this bill today, and I hope Democrats and Republicans in the House can come together to end discrimination against women in the workplace, starting with eliminating the pay gap.”