In honor of Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) released the following statement calling for more action to close the wage gap between women and men.
"Pay inequality hurts all Americans. As more and more families rely on women's wages to make ends meet, equal pay has become more than just a women's issue--it's a family issue.
"Our country was founded on the principle of equality. Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Employers can no longer use excuses that date back to the 1950's to justify paying women less money. More importantly, more and more women are their household's primary wage earner. When women unfairly receive lower wages, it is families that suffer.
"To help bridge the wage gap that still exists in this country, I urge Congress to pass legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation would not only update the Equal Pay Act, but it would also build on the progress made possible by the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that President Obama signed into law in 2009."
Congresswoman Sanchez was a co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which classifies pay discrimination a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.