Gender Pay Gap

Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has been a steadfast leader in fighting for women’s rights, including closing the gender pay gap. 

A typical woman today, working full-time and year round, is paid only 79 percent of what her male counterpart makes. It is unacceptable that in the year 2016, women on the whole are not being paid fairly for their work. This is not merely a women's issue, it is an issue that affects every American family who is increasingly dependent on women's earnings. 

As the Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, Congresswoman Maloney instructed the Democratic staff to produce a report examining the gender pay gap and its consequences for women and their families. The report, released in April 2016, revealed that over the course of her lifetime, the average woman will earn nearly half a million dollars less than her male counterpart, and that women 75 years and older are almost twice as likely to live in poverty. The pay gap results from a variety of complex factors. Women with children often pay a penalty for becoming mothers in the form of decreased earnings, and even those without children are commonly penalized because of employers’ expectation that they will have children. Alternatively, men with children are paid more on average than men without children.

To resolve these issues, Congresswoman Maloney has championed legislation that would address weaknesses of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. She is a strong proponent for paid family and medical leave, universal child care and workplace flexibility; policies allowing parents to support and care for their families without risking their jobs. She is the leader in Congress on a bill to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. By including women in the Constitution, there would finally be explicit prohibition of gender discrimination and real protection for women who are harmed by this injustice.

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Apr 16, 2021 Newsletter
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Mar 31, 2020 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day.
Jul 13, 2019 In The News

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Mar 27, 2019 Press Release
“Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is critical to the financial security of women and families – and will be a boost for the economy as a whole. Women are the sole or primary breadwinners in half of US households with children. According to some estimates, equal pay could cut poverty among working women and their families by more than half and add more than half a trillion dollars to the US economy. This legislation is long overdue, and I proudly voted for it."
Aug 29, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK— Today, two days after the nation marked the 98th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) rang the Closing Bell at NYSE in honor of Women’s Equality Day and released a new report, “Earn Less, Pay More: The State of the Gender Pay Gap and’ Pink Tax’ in 2018,” documenting the state of economic inequality women still face today.

Aug 28, 2018 In The News

New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney wants women to stop paying more than men for products.

"Today my office issued a report on the 'pink tax.' This report shows, not only are we 80 cents to the dollar with the 20 percent discrimination in pay, but that we pay more for other products," said Maloney, who represents New York's 12th Congressional District, in an interview on Cheddar Tuesday.

The congresswoman was at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate Women's Equality Day, which marks the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Apr 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of Equal Pay Day 2018, the day when the pay for the average woman matches that of her male peer from the previous year, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“Five and a half decades ago, on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law with the intention of eliminating the wage gap for good.