Hastings Marks Equal Pay Day
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking Equal Pay Day, the date to which the average woman must work to in order to earn what her male counterpart earned the previous year:
“It has been 55 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, yet women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. Last year, the average working woman earned 80 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart – and the gap is wider for women of color. This disparity affects millions of women, many of whom are the primary breadwinners for their families, and has a significant impact on our countries economic prosperity.
“The time has long since passed that address this issue once and for all. Congress must build on its successes in the past and ensure that all workplaces are safe environments where all people are treated equally and without discrimination. I am proud to support House Democrats’ When Women Succeed, America Succeeds agenda, and will continue to do all that I can in the fight for gender equality.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.