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Together they urged the
"It's been nearly half a century since the Equal Pay Act, but women still make just
"The wage gap holds true across occupations and education levels," Congresswoman DeLauro said. "This is not just a problem for women. Less pay for women means less income. That affects the entire family. This is a real and continuing problem for women and families. With the wage gap closing at a rate of less than half a cent a year we are long past time for the Paycheck Fairness Act to be law. Women and families have already waited too long for this common sense piece of legislation. For America to succeed, we need women to succeed, and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a key part of that."
Later, that day, Senator Mikulski will chair a
State-by-state data on the wage gap is available here.
"The Paycheck Fairness Act is about women, it's about fairness, and it's about improving the economy," Senator Murray said. "When women aren't paid what they deserve, middle class families and communities pay the price. I am so proud to join my colleagues in calling for immediate passage of this commonsense legislation."
"Think about woman working in a plant or a factory. That is hard work that drives America's economy. She shouldn't make
"Women are breadwinners, and they need to be paid as breadwinners. Today, women make up 48 percent of the
"Women don't have a fair shot if they're being paid
"Lower wages impact women not just during their working years, but straight through retirement," Senator Klobuchar said. "Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and other policies to help close the pay gap are important for women and their families, but they're also critical to ensuring the strength of our entire economy."
"Ensuring women get equal pay for equal work is a battle my mom had to fight. When a working woman--who is often the sole breadwinner or a significant contributor to her household-- can still be paid less than her male colleagues for the same work, it does a great disservice to all those families working hard to make ends meet," said Senator McCaskill. "I refuse to accept that in 2014 this should still be the status quo, and I'm determined not to leave this fight for my daughters to finish."
"While women in America have made significant strides and cut through barriers, the fight for equal pay for equal work is not over," Shaheen said. "It's time to finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act in order to strengthen laws protecting women from pay discrimination."
"Wage inequality impacts women and families in every state across this country," said Senator Baldwin. "Working women make up over 50 percent of our workforce and they are working harder than ever to get ahead, but far too many are struggling just to get by. The least we can do is level the playing field and give women a fair shot at getting ahead because they deserve equal pay for equal work."
"There are now 20 women in the
"With more and more women serving as heads of households, it is critical for families in these difficult economic times that women receive equal pay for equal work. Sadly, American women are still paid only
"Making sure women receive equal pay for equal work is a key part of rebuilding our economy and strengthening America's middle class," said Senator Warren. "It takes two incomes to get by these days, and many families depend as much on Mom's salary as they do on Dad's. And for single-parent families, lower salaries make it that much harder to stay afloat. We need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now to help working women earn what they're worth."
<p>The Paycheck Fairness Act also would strengthen the
"After being told by my employer that I couldn't negotiate my starting salary, I learned after my company went bankrupt that men I had supervised were making much more than I was. I was heartbroken. When I asked my former supervisor why I had been paid less, he said it was likely because those men were the sole earners for their wives and children. I was considered less worthy just because I was a woman," said
"We need the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring the Equal Pay Act into the 21st Century. By refusing to update the Equal Pay Act,
"The Paycheck Fairness Act is a measure that the American public - across the country and across parties - overwhelmingly support. This is not surprising since families need to bring home every dollar they rightfully earn. Not only is correcting wage discrimination a matter of fundamental fairness, but research shows that doing so, would help contribute to economic prosperity nationwide. We thank Senator Mikulski and the
"Millions of working women experience a wage gap, typically losing more than
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