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Gender Disparities in Compensation

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. POLIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in observation of Equal Pay Day, a day that signifies, to a degree, how far we've come with regard to breaking the glass ceiling and providing opportunities for all Americans, regardless of gender, but it also reminds us how far we have to go, how far we have to go before parity is reached.

For every dollar earned by a man, for the same job, women continue to earn only 77 cents. That extra difference--thousands of dollars a year of income for working families--constitutes a lot of groceries or a lot of gas money that men can buy for the same work that women are undercompensated for.

I was proud that one of my first votes in the United States Congress in the 111th Congress was to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

But we are not yet there in reaching gender parity in this country and ensuring that every American, regardless of their gender, has access to the same opportunity and the same compensation. That's why I introduced the Women WIN Jobs Act, along with Rosa DeLauro, which helps train women for high-paying jobs.

I ask my colleagues to continue to address the disparities in compensation among the genders.

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