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On Equal Pay Day, Rep. Gallego Calls for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

April 14, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Equal Pay Day marks the day into the year when women’s wages would finally catch up to the amount that men were paid in the previous year.

On Equal Pay Day, Rep. Ruben Gallego released the following statement calling for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act:

“Women make up about half of our workforce and they are increasingly becoming the breadwinners in millions of homes across America. Yet, in Arizona women still make 84 cents for every dollar a man makes, and nationwide women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by men.  The wage gap is even larger for women of color.

“Pay discrimination has real life consequences for families who rely on women’s wages to pay for groceries, child care, rent and other necessities. In March, I joined Rep. DeLauro and others in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. I call on my Republican colleagues to bring up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure true pay equity and ensure that hardworking women are compensated fairly.”