Rep. Susan Davis Calls for Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap
April 12, 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 (D-San Diego) continues to work on closing the wage gap that still exists between women and men. According to U.S. Census data, by age 65, the average woman will have lost $430,480 throughout her working lifetime as a result of the pay gap.
“Women make up about half of the workforce and deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Equal Pay Day should be a reminder to everyone that in order to strengthen the middle class we need to ensure fairness in America.”
Davis is fighting for the enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1619), which would 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, over 50 years later, the Equal Pay Act has not been updated or strengthened and women still only earn on average 79 cents on the dollar to men.
African-American women earn even less at 60 cents compared to men. The wage gap grows even larger for Latina women who earn just 55 cents on the dollar to men.
Raising wages of hardworking Americans is a top priority for Davis. Along with working to close the wage gap, she is fighting for a minimum wage increase that will boost the federal minimum wage and index it for inflation so the minimum wage continues to increase and maintains is purchasing strength.