Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men have in the previous year.
And it’s prompted calls by Democrats to call Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Equal pay is vital to women, their families and the broader economy. Paychecks for women continue to lag, and it is past time to fix the inequity — that is why I am co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act,” said Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor.
“Women who work full-time, year-round on average still earn only 80 cents for every $1 earned by men, even 54 years after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act,” Castor said. “This gap means less money for women over their lifetimes, as the ripple effects of unequal pay impact Social Security benefits and retirement plans based on average salary. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.”
“This gap means less money for women over their lifetimes, as the ripple effects of unequal pay impact Social Security benefits and retirement plans based on average salary. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.”
First daughter Ivanka Trump posted an Instagram graphic from USA Today with equal pay statistics, reading: “Women earn 82 percent the full-time weekly paycheck of a man. Black women earn 68 percent and Latina women earn 62 percent of the full-time weekly pay of a white man.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.
The proposal has come up for a vote nine different times in recent years in Congress, and led by GOP opposition, has gone down to defeat every single time. Republicans have called it a “desperate political ploy,” claiming that it’s already illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender since the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
In response to the charge that women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, the Republican National Committee said in a 2014 statement that the statistic is “misleading,” because that number “comes from the average earnings of women in all positions and contrasts it with the average earning of men in all position.”
Castor calls it “unconscionable that House Republicans have voted nine times since 2013 to block the legislation from being considered on the House Floor.”
Today, on #EqualPayDay, we are reminded that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Closing the gender pay gap is critical to the economic empowerment of American women, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to come together in pursuit of equal pay. I am proud to work towards this goal alongside my father and in support of the administration’s commitment to women and families.