Congresswoman Maloney Applauds Designation of New Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Apr 12, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Obama’s announcement today that he will designate the Sewall-Belmont House, the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party since 1929, as a national monument known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“I applaud President Obama for this deserving, and long overdue, designation. Alva Belmont and Alice Paul were two pioneers of the women’s movement and this monument in their name will pay homage to the great work these leaders were able to accomplish and the importance of the women’s equality movement to the United States, past and present.

“Belmont and Paul were integral to the suffrage movement and accomplished so much during their lifetimes.  However, on this Equal Pay Day we are reminded that the fight for women’s equality is far from over.  According to a new report I just released from the Joint Economic Committee, the gender pay gap won’t be closed until 2059 and women, on average, lose over $500,000 throughout their careers due to pay inequality.  

“It’s time to close the pay gap by putting women in the constitution through the passage Equal Rights Amendment, which was first authored by Alice Paul, and guaranteeing equality under the law for all. I am also looking forward to the day when we have National Women’s History Museum on or near the National Mall to tell the full story of women’s contributions to our country. 

“This new designation brings renewed momentum to these efforts and reminds us that the fight for equal rights for women continues.”

 

Background

Maloney, the sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment and Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released a new report from the JEC Minority staff entitled, Gender Pay Inequality: Consequences for Women, Families, and the Economy.  The report is the most up-to-date, comprehensive review of the gender pay gap and includes the latest income data broken down by age, race, state and Congressional district. It also includes the latest analyses on the pay gaps impact on women throughout their lifetime.