March 16th, 2017
I believe that Congress needs to do more to end gender-based wage discrimination, and that’s why I am an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the wage gap between men and women persists throughout the country and across many industries. The wage gap persists in our community as well; in 2014, women in the 6th District earned $15,000 less than men in our district. This statistic informed my decision to support H.R. 1619, the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that will finally designate the Secretary of Labor with the authority to enforce the equal rights provisions that were signed into law in 1963.
While Congress considers legislation that will end wage-based discrimination, it is also important to acknowledge the barriers that keep women from reaching the highest position in their chosen careers. In June of last year, the number of Fortune 500 CEOs who are women reached the historic high of 24, but this number means that only 4.8% of the biggest companies have a woman in the top spot. If we are truly going to bring equality to the workplace, we need to look deeper than wage based discrimination. We must create a working environment where all Americans, regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, or any other characteristic, can reach their highest potential. Not only is this the right thing to do morally but it’s the right thing to do for our economy.
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