In Recognition of Equal Pay Day, Rosen Pushes For Senate Consideration Of Paycheck Fairness Act To Help Close The Gender Wage Gap
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined her Democratic colleagues in the Senate in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, critical legislation that would help eliminate the gender wage gap and guarantee women the power to challenge pay discrimination and hold their employers accountable. The bill would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by aiming to correct systemic pay discrimination and expand workplace protections for women.
“Equal Pay Day is a reminder of the pay disparity that affects women, especially women of color, all across the country,” said Senator Rosen. “It’s long past time for Congress to pass this commonsense legislation and put an end to wage discrimination.”
Equal pay day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women on average still make only 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. That pay gap widens for women of color. Compared to white men, Black women are paid 63 cents and Latina women are paid 55 cents. For a woman working full time year-round, the current wage gap accounts for a loss of more than $400,000 over the course of their career.