Congresswoman Maloney Statement on Equal Pay Day 2018
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.
“Yet here we are, in 2018 and the gender wage gap is still alive and well. Today, women are paid only $0.80 on average to every dollar earned by a man, a statistic that has barely budged at all in more than a decade and is drastically worse for women of color and older women.
“Equal Pay Day shows us exactly how far into the next calendar year a woman would have to work to be paid the same amount that a man earned in the previous year. Pay disparity harms American families. Forty-two percent of American households have women as the sole or primary breadwinner, making more families than ever dependent upon women’s salaries to remain financially stable.
“The state of New York, notably, has the smallest gender wage gap, but anything less than equality in any state is unacceptable The women in our country deserve to have their hard work valued equally to men, and to be paid fairly.
“It is critical that Republicans allow us to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would go a long way to strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and empowering American women and families. We also need to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which I’ve reintroduced – for the eleventh time – so that the rights of all Americans are Constitutionally, unequivocally equal, regardless of gender.”