Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Recognizes Equal Pay Day 2017 on House Floor

April 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today spoke on the House floor in recognition of Equal Pay Day. 

Rep. McSally discussed her recent work launching and leading the Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce to understand and addressing the barriers women face in the workforce.

Transcript:

Mr. Speaker, since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has been illegal for an employer to pay a woman less than a man for the same work.

But the unfortunate reality is that today, over 50 years later, women are still making less than men. This is unacceptable.

Labor Department statistics site, when comparing median salaries for annual full-time jobs, women are making $0.81 on the dollar compared to men.

Some of this is from blatant bias and discrimination—which is illegal and unacceptable— but most of the pay gap comes from factors like women going into lower-paying career fields, seeking flexibility since they are often the primary caregivers for children and parents, or not being able to afford child care.

Here in the House, I am working on putting forward ideas and solutions to empower women to close the pay gap.

Last year, I joined my colleagues to create and lead a Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce that is examining the challenges women still face and working to expand opportunity and improve outcomes for all women. 

Mr. Speaker, I’ve been fighting my whole life for women’s rights and equality. I know we still have work to do and I am committed to making equal opportunity for women a reality.

After all, this is America, where we pick the best man for the job, even if it’s a woman – and that means making sure she’s getting paid what she deserves.

I yield back the balance of my time.