Rep. Susan Davis Calls for Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap, Cosponsors Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON – April 14, Equal Pay Day, marks the extra days into the new year a woman would have to work to earn as much as a man. Congresswoman Susan Davis has been working to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men with her support of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Equal Pay Day should be a reminder to everyone that in order to strengthen the middle class we need to ensure fairness in America,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Davis is fighting for the enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act to provide a much-needed update of the Equal Pay Act by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.
The enactment of the Equal Pay Act by President Kennedy established the principle of equal pay for equal work. Yet, more than 50 years later, the Equal Pay Act has not been updated or strengthened and women still only earn on average 77 cents on the dollar to men.
African-American women earn even less at 67 cents compared to men. The wage gap grows even larger for Latina women who earn just 60 cents on the dollar compared to men.