Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement to mark Equal Pay Day which is determined by calculating how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man did the previous year.
"Equal pay for equal work is an issue of fundamental economic security. The fact that women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work is a national disgrace. Congress has moved to rectify this injustice. The first bill we sent to the President's desk was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court. We need to do more. The Senate should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act which closes loopholes in the original 1963 Equal Pay Act and stiffens penalties for employers who discriminate based on gender. Every time a woman is denied equal pay it is her entire family who suffers from the reduced income. Worse yet, it is a betrayal of our national values. I hope we never have to mark Equal Pay Day again."