November 21, 2003
For Immediate Release
Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry today issued a statement on the Congressional Pay Equity study Commissioned by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman John Dingell (D-MI).
John Kerry said, "Today a congressional study was released showing that the women of this county are still getting a raw deal - earning an average of 20.3 percent less than men in 2000. This 20 percent pay gap has been relatively unchanged in the last 20 years. It is time for a real change. As President, I will fight to expand opportunities for women and make pay equity a reality. My agenda includes improving enforcement of wage discrimination and improving disclosure of pay practices. The women of this country should not be shortchanged and must get 100 percent on the dollar for their hard work.
"Throughout my career, I have been committed to hiring women to top posts, both as a prosecutor and in my Senate office. I continue that commitment today in my Presidential candidacy with women in all senior positions in the campaign."
"I want to thank Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman John Dingell for taking a consistent stand in the fight for pay equity."
Congressman Maloney, a leader in the fight for equal treatment for women and one of my strongest supporters, said, "Over the past two decades, we've seen enormous changes in our world - but one thing that remains constant is the glass ceiling. John Kerry is a leader who won't just sit back and watch as the glass ceiling stay in place for the next 20 years."
Kerry continued, "As President I will continue to appoint women to top jobs in my Administration. The women of this country must be paid and promoted on equal and fair terms as men."