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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

August 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 7, 2018) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today marked Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day when an average black woman must work until to be paid what the typical white man was paid in 2017.  Black women on average earn 63 cents for every dollar that an average white man makes. 

Watch Congresswoman DeLauro’s video Marking Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.

“Over the past twenty years, women have continued to make more and more of their family’s income across all family types, and many women have become the sole or co-breadwinner in their family,” said DeLauro. “That is why when women make less money for the same work, it does not just affect them—it affects their family’s bottom line and our economy as a whole.”

“The Paycheck Fairness Act would make real progress in the fight to eliminate the gender wage gap by holding employers accountable for discrimination, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability challenge pay discrimination, strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees, and prohibiting employers from asking about prospective employees’ salary history,” continued DeLauro. “It is long past time for paycheck fairness. Men and women in the same job should have the same pay. I will continue to fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act until it becomes the law of the land.”