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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New York, NY -- On the eighth anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), a leading advocate for equal pay for equal work and chief sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment in the House, released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Today, as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) are sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting they undertake a study of gender-based price discrimination in the market for goods and services. The letter seeks to shine a light on why price disparities exist and why they tend to be burdensome for women.