Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Equal Pay Day

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force,  issued the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day, April 2, which marks the day on which the average woman makes the same amount her male counterpart did doing the same job did in 2018:

“The gender pay gap in the United States in flat-out unacceptable. We need equal pay in the United States, and we need it now. Last week, House Democrats led the charge in passing The Paycheck Fairness Act, which builds on the progress of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to remedy many of the discriminatory practices that employers use to pay women less. This is an important step on the road to closing the pay gap, one that affects women of color even more severely. Though April marks the month during which a white woman catches up to the salary of a white man from the previous year, Black women don’t get there until August, Native Women don’t get there until September, and Latinas don’t get there until November.

“I celebrate the businesses throughout Illinois and around the country that pay women the same amount as men for equal work, and the labor unions that help make that possible in many current equal pay situations. Unequal paychecks hold American women, families, and our economy back and we must make the wage gap a thing of the past. The women leading the House of Representatives, along with our supportive colleagues, will continue the march towards ending the gender wage gap.”