Congressman Brendan Boyle Calls for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As we mark Equal Pay Day today, Congressman Brendan Boyle D-PA-13 continues to demand that more be done to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men – including passage of the critical Paycheck Fairness Act. Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.
“According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the women in our state of Pennsylvania women still earn only 76 cents for every dollar earned by men,” stated Congressman Boyle. “As we approach the 52nd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act in June, women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men nationwide. Sadly, according to a new study by the NWLC, women won’t see pay equity with men until 2058 based on the rate that the pay gap has been closing since 1960. This is completely unacceptable.”
“Today, women make up about half of the workforce yet on average they are still being paid less than men,” continued Mr. Boyle. “A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. While women’s role in our economy has changed dramatically, America’s workplaces have simply not kept up.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act is a central pillar of the House Democrats’ initiative, When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families. It strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
Among its many provisions, the Paycheck Fairness Act requires employers to show that pay disparity is truly related to job performance, not gender; strengthens remedies for women experiencing pay discrimination; prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers; and empowers women in the workplace through a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills.
“Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue – it’s a family issue,” Congressman Boyle concluded. “Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet. When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families – groceries, rent, child care, and doctors’ visits. House Democrats will not rest until we achieve true pay equity for women – ensuring that all American women in the workforce are receiving equal pay for equal work.”