Cárdenas Statement on the Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) releases the following statement on the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act:
“56 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. On this day, we recognize the trailblazers who led the fight to ensure that all Americans, regardless of gender, are paid equally. And although we have made progress, there’s still much work to be done.
“Today, women are still not compensated fairly making only 80 cents to every dollar her male counterpart earns. The pay gap is even wider for Latina women, who earn 53 cents to every dollar. This is unacceptable. Equal pay is fundamental to our values as Americans and gender-based pay discrimination hurts families and our economy. That’s why I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. It is well past time that women are paid equally for equal work. ”