June 10, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 56th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed into law by President Kennedy on June 10, 1963:
“Today, we mark 56 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, which enshrined the principle of equal pay for equal work into law. In 1963, women on average made 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Today, women make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. This is progress – but still more work remains to ensure the progress of full equality is fulfilled for every American woman.
“Today, more than half a century after this legislation was enacted, the enduring wage gap robs women of more than $400,000 over the course of their careers, undermining the financial security of millions of hard-working women and their families. For too many women, continued inequality in pay hinders their ability to feed and care for their children and families, and threatens the economic strength of our communities and our nation.
“Next year, we will be celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote as we serve with more than 100 women in Congress for the first time in history. These diverse, dynamic women are leading the fight to deliver progress for hard-working women across the country. Guided by their vision and values, on March 27, House Democrats passed the landmark H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which takes a dramatic step forward in better ensuring that America’s women earn equal pay for equal work – strengthening and closing loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act. Now, the Senate must take up this vital legislation and join us in our work to unlock the full power of women in our economy and our society – because, when women succeed, America succeeds!”