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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 10, 2018

Congresswoman Beatty Statement on Equal Pay Day

On April 10, 2018, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) joined a whole host of lawmakers, stakeholders, nonprofits and individuals across the country to call for the closing of the gender pay gap. Beatty's statement printed in the Congressional Record is as follows: 

"Mr. Speaker, this Equal Pay Day, I rise to call for the closing of the gender pay gap.

Last year, women earned a meager 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. That’s a $10,000 difference in paychecks or another 100 days of work to earn what men did just last year. That’s shameful.

Even more shameful, for women of color, the pay gap is even wider: 63 cents on the dollar for Black women and 54 cents for Latinas.

In my own district, the gender pay gap stands at 89 cents. While that is better than most, we cannot rest until women in Central Ohio and across the country are paid dollar-for-dollar.

Congress can help make pay equity a reality by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it harder for pay discrimination to infect the workplace. Because, when women are given a level playing field, companies benefit, families prosper, communities grow, and our economy is stronger.

Yes, when women succeed, America succeeds!

Thank you, and I yield back."