Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year:
"Equal Pay Day is an opportunity to honor the ingenuity and hard work of every American woman, and to recognize how much more we must do to ensure they earn what they deserve. To protect the economic prosperity of our families and to strengthen our country, we must redouble our efforts to guarantee equal pay for equal work.
"Nearly 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in recognition that women should earn what they deserve, and not a penny less. But today, a woman still only makes 77 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by a man--a wage gap that only gets larger for minority women. That is why Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will strengthen the Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes and imposing effective penalties on employers who discriminate based on gender.
"This country's success depends on the hard work of every American, and that work should be treated equally. When a woman is paid fairly, our whole nation prospers and we move one step closer to living up to our goal of equality. On Equal Pay Day, let us renew our commitment to ensuring fairness in the workplace, economic prosperity at home, and the opportunity for every American woman to earn the true value of their work."