U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today recognized the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Equal Pay Act. The legislation, signed by President John F. Kennedy, was aimed at closing the wage disparities among women and men in the workforce. Congressman Barrow co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that closes loopholes within the existing law, provides employee protections for sharing certain information, and develops training programs to help women better negotiate job opportunities.
"The Equal Pay Act was landmark legislation that put women on the path toward equal pay for equal work," said Congressman Barrow. "New legislation, which I cosponsor, takes the law to the next level by providing workforce training and closes loopholes that are widening the pay gap between women and men. It's time for Congress to end this disparity in pay once and for all, and I'm going to do all I can to ensure this legislation comes to the floor for a vote."
According to recent data, even under the current law, women are receiving significantly less pay than their male counterparts, even though they perform the same duties. In Georgia's 12th District, women earn $30,304 annually, whereas male employees earn $38,279 each year. Nationwide, women earn 77 percent of what the average man earned.
Congressman Barrow joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives last week to commemorate this anniversary and call for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.