Speaking on the House floor on Equal Pay Day, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) called for addressing the gender gap in businesses and voiced his support for the Paycheck Fairness Act. Delaney is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377) and a co-sponsor of the Equal Pay Resolution.
"Equal pay for equal work is a core American value. The gender gap and the wage gap is not reflective of the kind of society we want to live in. Gender parity in the workplace is good for women, good for families, and good for business," said Congressman Delaney. "We have made progress, but when we look at the troubling statistics on advancement and wages for women, there is a clear evidence of a talent drain taking place in our workforce. The gender gap is hurting U.S. competitiveness as well as the millions of families that depend upon female breadwinners. The Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step in the right direction."
April 9 marks Equal Pay Day, because for average 2012 wages for men and women to be equal, women would have to work through April 9 of the next year. According to the National Partnership on Women & Families, women earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.