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Rep. Bass Marks Equal Pay Day and Calls for Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act

March 24, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON – As we mark Equal Pay Day on March 24, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) said that more needs to be done to close the wage gap that still exists between men and women – including passage of the critical Paycheck Fairness Act. Each year, Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, almost three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.

“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.