Congresswoman Lori Trahan Joins Democratic Colleagues to Introduce Paycheck Fairness Legislation
Washington, January 30, 2019
Tags: Jobs and the Economy
Washington, DC -- Today, 10 years after President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) joined with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and her Democratic colleagues to introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation has been designated as H.R. 7.
“In 2019 the gender pay gap should be a relic of the past. Unfortunately, with women still making only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man, that is not the case. It is with a great sense of urgency that I join my colleagues to introduce this important piece of legislation, and continue the work of those women and their allies who came before us in the fight for full equality,” said Rep. Trahan. “This issue impacts both women and their families at every stage of life. When women are at the table better decisions are made, and better outcomes are had. I am honored to have a seat at this table, and am optimistic that the record number of women serving in the 116th Congress can make real progress on this issue.”
More than fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a woman still makes only 80 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by a man. That gap grows even wider for women of color. Compared to white men, African American women are paid 61 cents, and Latina Women are paid 53 cents.
To address this, the Paycheck Fairness Act would: