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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Equal Pay Day: We Must Rededicate Ourselves to the Fight for Equality for Women

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement celebrating National Equal Pay Day, which is today:

"In November, women overwhelmingly supported President Obama—and that’s because we knew as women that President Barack Obama has and always will fight for us.  This is why on National Equal Pay Day, alongside President Obama, we must rededicate ourselves to the fight for equality and understand that our work is far from finished.  Because these issues are not just women’s issues; they are issues for all of our families.

"With more women acting as their family’s breadwinners and accounting for nearly half of our country’s work force, families everywhere are feeling the effects of this inequity.  Women are earning 23% less than their male counterparts, a figure that adds up fast. Over the course of a women’s career this gap will result in a loss of about $380,000. This gap is even greater for Latinas and African American women. How can we continue to let women get paid less for similar work when the livelihoods of so many families rely on the paychecks of women? Our families and our economy can’t afford being shortchanged.

"This is why the President has been fighting for women’s economic security from day one. He made it clear this was a top priority when the first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, ensuring woman can fight for equal pay for equal work. He has cracked down on equal pay law violations wherever they occur and continues to call on the Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure I originally cosponsored.

"Women chose to stand with our President in November because he’s always stood with us. And when so many Republicans in Congress have turned their backs to the disparities women face every day and tried to push us backward, President Obama has always fought to move forward.

"With him as President we continue to move forward, but even as we do so, we know there is so much left to do. We must do better—we must achieve true economic equality for the sake of our families, our daughters and our country.”