Rep. Maloney responds to right-wing attacks on Patricia Arquette’s equal pay stand

Feb 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Reacting to a wave of right-wing criticism directed at Oscar-winning Actress Patricia Arquette for speaking out about the issue of the gender wage gap during the Academy Awards ceremony, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement:

“There is indisputable evidence of a gender wage gap and widespread discrimination against women in our country, and I am grateful that Ms. Arquette called attention to this important issue. We can and must do more to address the pernicious economic injustice that affects tens of millions of working women and their families. 

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 the typical woman, working full time and year-round in the United States, earned just 78 percent of men’s earnings. The gap is not there just because some women leave the work force to have children. The gender pay gap is a problem women face throughout their working lives.

“A study by the American Association of University Women found that just one year out of college, women who were working full-time earned, on average, just 82 percent of what their male peers earned.

“The pay gap exists even between women and men who majored in the same field. And perhaps most galling of all, the pay gap exists in the professional field thought to be most open to and friendly to women: education. Women who go into teaching earn just 89 percent of what men earn.

“Patricia Arquette is right about the importance of achieving full economic equality for all women. And one of the best ways to do that is to put women in the Constitution for the first time by at long last, passing the Equal Rights Amendment.  We need to make it clear, that in America, equal means equal.”