Rep. Maloney statement on the 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act

Jun 10, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act by President John F. Kennedy with the following statement:

“The U.S. still has a way to go to ensure women earn equal pay for equal work. When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women earned 59 cents for every dollar men earned on average. While progress has been made--a women now earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by a man—true equality still eludes us.

“Unequal pay isn’t just a women’s issue—it’s a family issue. With the recent Pew Research Center report on “Breadwinner Moms” showing 40% of all mothers of children under age 18 are the sole or primary source of family income—up from just 11% in 1960.

“When women earn less, it means there is less for their families, and ultimately less for women themselves when it comes time for them to receive Social Security.

“The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed by President Obama in January 2009, restores the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court. But it shouldn’t take a court case to achieve justice for all women.

“Congress needs to pass The Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes and providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.”

The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2008 and again in 2009 but both times Republicans blocked the measure in the Senate.  Similarly, in 2012, Republicans in both the House and Senate voted to block the bill.