Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement after the Senate failed to take action on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would guarantee equal pay for equal work regardless of gender.
"This is a sad day for women's equality and a giant step backward in the fight for equal rights for all. It is deplorable and unconscionable that in 2010, women are not earning the same as men for performing the same work. It's disappointing that politics still stand in the way of this important legislation to correct a grave inequality in our society. Those who cast a "no' vote today, cast a vote that will ensure discrimination against our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives will continue in the workplace.
"Women still earn just 77 cents for each dollar a man earns. The average woman in my state of Connecticut needs a bachelor's degree just to earn what a man with a high school diploma earns. Not only is this unacceptable and unfair, it highlights the economic security of millions of American families during today's tough economic times who are increasingly relying on women's salaries to make ends meet. The Senate next year must take action, work together, and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act -- leveling the playing field and finally guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work."
Dodd has been a champion in the Senate for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would put gender-based discrimination on an equal footing with racial or ethnic discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, for the past seven Congresses and is the bill's lead sponsor in the 111th Congress.