Today, on Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common sense bill that would ensure equal pay for equal work.
"Equal pay is not simply a women's issue, it is an issue for all Illinois middle class families," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "When women bring home more, they are able to provide more for their families. In my experience, that means helping to put more food on the table, gas in the family car for hockey game trips, and making the other bills that our family accumulates easier to pay. Because equal pay for equal work would benefit middle class families across our region, it is time that Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act."
Illinois women still earn just 77 cents to every dollar that men earn -- a gap of over $11,000 per year. Eliminating the wage gap isn't just a women's issue, it would mean middle class families across Illinois have more money to pay the bills, buy groceries and put gas in the family car.
In addition, 617,000 households in Illinois are headed by women. Eliminating the wage gap would help these families and provide them with much-needed income.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which Bustos is an original co-sponsor of, would help ensure employers pay equal salaries for equal work done by men and women.
Equal Pay Day is the day that on average, after three additional months of work, women's wages catch up to what their male counterparts made the year before.