Congresswoman Beatty Continues to Fight for American Women
The final week of Women’s History Month was busy for U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03). Kicking it off, Beatty went to the House Floor on Monday, March 25th, to recognize several Central Ohio women and organizations for their hard work and commitment to the community. An archived recording of the speech can be viewed on Beatty’s YouTube page.
On Wednesday, March 27th, Beatty joined a bipartisan coalition to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 7. This landmark bill, if enacted, would help close the gender pay gap by ending the practice of pay secrecy and holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices. Passage of the bill comes at a time when women earn 20 percent less than their male counter parts for the exact same work, according to a 2017 report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
“It is shameful that women today earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man,” Beatty said following the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. “That is why I urge the Senate to quickly act on this important piece of legislation and help make pay equality a reality once and for all.”
Finally, on Thursday, March 28th, Beatty managed the leadership elections for the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC). The DWC is comprised of all Democratic Congresswomen who are united in the commitment to improve the lives of American families by fighting for equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, affordable and high-quality healthcare and education, retirement security, and other priorities. After all the votes were counted, Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) joined Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) as co-chairs, while Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Debra Haaland (NM-01) will serve as vice-chairs.
Reacting to the results, Beatty said, “When women are given a level playing field, companies benefit, families prosper, communities grow, and our economy is stronger. I look forward to working with DWC leadership and my fellow members to make progress on these important issues for all women. When women succeed, America succeeds!”