Mrs. BEATTY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Equal Pay Act and to call for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
On June 10, our nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.
Yet, women still earn on average only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In Columbus, Ohio women are paid only 81 cents for every dollar paid to men.
Equal pay is not simply a women's issue--it's a family issue.
Families increasingly rely on women's wages to make ends meet, and with less take-home pay women have less for the everyday needs of their families.
90,527 households in the Columbus metro area are headed by women. Eliminating the wage gap would provide much-needed income to women whose salaries are of critical importance to them and their families.
When women succeed, so does our economy.