Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, Congresswoman Hahn released the following statement in recognition of the milestone:
"Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. It was a victory for which women across the nation had been fighting for years.
"Yet, on the 50th anniversary of this once landmark legislation, women aren't celebrating. A half-century later, women still make just 77 cents to every dollar a man makes for the same work. It means women lose more than $11,000 a year and over $500,000 over a lifetime. It means young women have to put more of their income toward paying off their student loans. It means women have to work harder to put money into savings, to buy a house, and to plan for their retirement. The pay gap is even greater for women of color. In California, African-American women are paid 64 cents and Hispanic women are paid just 42 cents to every dollar that a white male makes. These are injustices that we cannot stand for.
"The nation has made great progress in the last 50 years. Today, women are increasingly the breadwinners for their family. They are more likely than ever to go to college and become doctors, lawyers, small business owners, CEOs and Members of Congress. And yet, the Equal Pay Act has never been updated to reflect this day and age.
"The Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 377, strengthens the Equal Pay Act, closes existing loopholes and offers real protections for equal pay for equal work for every hardworking American, regardless of gender. On this anniversary, women can take pride in the achievements that our country has made but we know that there is more to be done. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and I will work to pass this critical legislation to defend the rights secured fifty years ago by the Equal Pay Act."