Walz Calls for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Equal Pay Day
Women in Southern Minnesota Earn Only 78 Cents for Every Dollar Earned by Men
Washington, D.C. [4/8/14] – Today, as we mark Equal Pay Day on April 8, Representative Walz stated that more needs to be done to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men – including passage of the critical Paycheck Fairness Act. Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into 2014, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in 2013 alone.
“It’s shocking that in 2014, we’re still fighting to ensure equal pay for equal work,” Representative Walz said. “And let me be clear, equal pay isn’t just a women’s issue—it’s an economic and middle class family issue. Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet. When women bring home less money each day, they have less for the everyday needs of their families – groceries, rent, child care, gasoline.”
According to a report from the American Association of University Women, women in southern Minnesota earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. And nationwide women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Walz believes action must be taken to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
Walz is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and provides effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work.
“Women should earn equal pay for equal work,” added Walz. “It’s time to get this done for hardworking Minnesota families. I’m hopeful Speaker Boehner agrees and brings this common sense bill forward for a vote.”