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DeLauro Calls for Paycheck Fairness on Equal Pay Day

March 24, 2021
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) issued the following statement marking Equal Pay Day and the House Education and Labor Committee’s markup of DeLauro’s legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act:

“Every year on Equal Pay Day—the day that symbolizes how far into the year the average woman needs to work in order to catch up to what their male counterparts made in the previous year—I hope we never have to recognize this day again. 

“Wage discrimination takes place not just on the soccer field or the silver screen, but in the board room, the factory floor, and in countless other workplaces across the country. That is why we are fighting for equal pay for equal work—for all women.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for women, especially women of color. As we look to build back better, we have the opportunity to address these serious inequities that have been further exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. That is why it is so important we continue to push for the Paycheck Fairness Act. I applaud the House Education and Labor Committee for moving forward with this legislation today and amplifying the need to make this bill law.

“Let’s get it done and make this Equal Pay Day the last.”

A pioneer in the fight to close the wage gap, DeLauro first introduced legislation to end pay discrimination in 1997.