On Equal Pay Day, Kuster Pushes for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act
CONCORD, N.H. – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today marked Equal Pay Day by emphasizing that more work remains when it comes to closing the wage gap between men and women – including passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Equal Pay Day marks the date when women’s wages finally equal what men were paid during the previous year.
“As we mark Equal Pay Day, we face the alarming reality that women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men,” Kuster said. “As a nation, we can and must do better than this. Ensuring that men and women receive equal pay for equal work isn’t just a matter of fairness – it’s an economic imperative.”
“Especially in these tough economic times, smaller paychecks for women make it harder for families to purchase health care, send their kids to college, and save for retirement,” Kuster continued. “That doesn’t just hurt women – it hurts families, communities, and our entire economy. That’s why it’s so critical that Congress pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common sense bill which will help ensure that our nation rewards the hard work and contributions of all Americans – regardless of gender.”
Kuster is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would increase the effectiveness of remedies available to victims of pay discrimination on the basis of gender.
Rob Friedlander, (202) 225-5206