Rep. Maloney Celebrates Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Act, Calls for Equal Pay for Equal Work

Jan 29, 2017
Press Release

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:

“Eight years ago, President Barack Obama took a crucial step in helping women finally get their due by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law. It was the first bill the new President signed into law and it sent a resounding message of fairness and equity to women and families everywhere.

“Women are still paid only 80 percent of a man’s wages and it is even worse for women of color. As a report, prepared by the Joint Economic Committee minority staff, that I released in 2016 made clear, African-American women, on average, are paid only 60 percent of what is paid to their male counterparts, and Latinas are only paid 55 cents. This pay gap only widens with age, so that women 75 years old and older are nearly twice as likely as men to live in poverty.

“We still have so much work to do to finally make equal pay for equal work a reality for all women, which is why I have reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment. The Constitution must finally and explicitly include women and prevent this type of discrimination. Congress must do its part to help women and families succeed and thrive.”

Rep. Maloney is the senior House Democrat on the Joint Economic Committee and served as the ranking minority member of the JEC in the 114th Congress. Rep. Maloney also served as the committee’s first female chair in the 111th Congress. In 2016, Rep. Maloney released the report entitled: Gender Pay Inequality – Consequences for Women, Families and the Economy. A copy of the report can be found here.