Equal Pay

April 13, 2007
A release from the Education and Labor Committee issued yesterday:

Education and Labor Committee to Hold Equal Pay Hearing on April 24

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday, April 24, the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the need for legislation to close the pay gap between men and women. April 24 is "Equal Pay Day," which signifies the number of days into a new year that women have to work before earning what men made by December 31. Women continue to earn only about three quarters as much as men for equal work despite women's continued career and educational advancements.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, will testify at the hearing. DeLauro's legislation would reinstate the Equal Pay Initiative -- which was eliminated by the Bush Administration in 2002 -- in order to level the playing field between men and women.

"Women are leaders in business, government and academia. For the first time in history, the House of Representatives has a woman as its Speaker. Yet women in workplaces all over the country continue to be held back by gender discrimination," said U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the Education and Labor Committee. "It takes the average woman almost seven days to earn what the average man makes in just five days. It's time for this to change. As a matter of basic fairness, when men and women are carrying out the same tasks, they should be paid equally. I look forward to hearing from Congresswoman DeLauro about how her legislation would help close the pay gap."

"Pay equity is more than a women's issue. It is a financial issue for hard-pressed families and it is a matter of values -- ensuring hard work is honored and rewarded in America," said DeLauro. "I am pleased that we will mark Equal Pay Day this year by focusing on the effects of the pay gap and a legislative remedy, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act will take critical steps to empower women to seek equal pay, create strong incentives for employers to obey the laws that are in place, and strengthen federal outreach and enforcement efforts. I look forward to working with Chairman Miller as we continue to move this legislation through Congress."


WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

9:30 a.m. ET

WHO: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Other witnesses TBA

WHERE: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

Read the text of the Paycheck Fairness Act >>