Congressman Smith released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day:
“Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of the discrimination that women face in the workplace. Over 50 years ago the Equal Pay Act became law, but women in the United States still face a significant pay gap. Women make up half of the workforce, yet earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. This disparity exists for all levels of education and occupation.
“This is not just a women’s issue. With women’s wages continuing to make up a growing share of family incomes, pay inequality negatively impacts both children and spouses as well.
“As we recognize Equal Pay Day, it is critical that Congress continues to push for the Paycheck Fairness Act that would fight to end gender-based wage discrimination. Additionally, I commend the President on his recent executive actions promoting equal pay in the federal workforce by banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing compensation and directing the Secretary of Labor to collect data on compensation paid to federal employees. When women are paid equally for equal work, it benefits us all.”