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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Aug 12, 2021 In The News

Female and male Olympians never compete on a level playing field. Women must clear at least four major hurdles which men, because they are men, never have to clear.  

Aug 12, 2021 In The News

Female and male Olympians never compete on a level playing field. Women must clear at least four major hurdles which men, because they are men, never have to clear.  

Aug 5, 2021 In The News

To mark Equal Pay Day for Black women on August 3, the ERA Coalition hosted a town hall with some of the nation’s leading women’s rights advocates speaking about the importance of passing the ERA to ensure pay equality for Black women.

Aug 3, 2021 In The News

After a year and a half of a deadly pandemic, much has changed in American life, but one thing has not: regardless of occupation, on average, Black women still make 63 cents for every dollar made by her white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. This is why we recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, signaling how much longer Black women working full time must work to “catch up” to the annual earnings of their peers.

Jul 21, 2021 In The News

As women, mothers and members of Congress, we are dedicated to achieving equal pay for equal work for people of all genders. But even our world-class female athletes are getting shortchanged. We refuse to let this injustice stand. 

Apr 16, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, Before we get to this week’s updates, I want to wish all those observing the holy month of Ramadan a Ramadan Mubarak. This week, I introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act to expand who and what is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); chaired the Oversight Committee’s historic vote to pass H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act; and voted with my colleagues to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. I’m also glad to report that the FDA heard my call to lift the medically unnecessary in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone — a prescription medication that has been used to safely end early pregnancies in the United States for more than two decades.
Mar 24, 2021 In The News

Megan Rapinoe is a two-time World Cup champion who has played to sold-out stadiums around the globe; what she has in common with nearly every American woman is that she’s underpaid.

On Wednesday, Ms. Rapinoe testified during a hearing held by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney to examine economic harm caused by gender inequalities, particularly for women of color.

Today is All Women’s Equal Pay Day, Ms. Maloney said. But it’s not Equal Pay Day for all women.

Mar 24, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON – Megan Rapinoe took the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s battle for equal pay to the White House on Wednesday, declaring while on a stage with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden that, despite her enormous success with the team, “I have been devalued, I’ve been disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman.”

Mar 17, 2021 In The News

Congresswoman Maloney sits at her desk and her young daughter sits atop it. They are both looking at the camera.

Dec 30, 2020 In The News

On January 1, 2018, spurred by the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s widespread sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement, celebrities came together to protest sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination in Hollywood and beyond. They founded a movement of their own called Time’s Up to fight for safer workplaces and equal pay in the entertainment industry.