Washington, DC–DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released the following statement in recognition of National Equal Pay Day:
National Equal Pay Day is a reminder that we must redouble our commitment to the basic principle of equal pay for equal work. That’s a commitment President Obama has taken to heart. The first bill the President signed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, follows in the Democratic tradition of fighting for equality and justice by allowing more individuals to challenge inequality in the workplace and receive the pay they deserve. The President has also created a National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force to promote compliance with equal pay laws and called on members of Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Still, the President recognizes that there is more work to be done. Despite decades of progress to break down barriers, American women still earn only about 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and that number is even worse for minority women and those with disabilities. Equal pay is an issue of fairness that affects more than just women; it hurts our families and our communities.
I am incredibly proud of the work that President Obama has done to advance the cause of equal pay for equal work, and I look forward to continuing to work with President Obama and Democrats as we keep up our fight to ensure women receive the compensation they’ve earned.