Rep. Bass Marks Equal Pay Day and Calls for Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act
“Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue; it’s a family issue,” Rep. Karen Bass stated. “When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families – rent, education costs, and doctors’ visits. Two-thirds of mothers are either the primary breadwinner of a co-breadwinner in the household, so their earnings are vital to their families.”
Fifty-eight years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was enacted, the latest data show that nationwide full-time working women still earn only 82 cents, on average, for every dollar a man earns, amounting to a yearly gender gap of $10,157 between full-time working men and women. Furthermore, the wage gap is even larger for women of color – with, on average, Black women earning just 63 cents, Native American women just 60 cents and Latinas just 55 cents for every collar a white, non-Hispanic man earns.