AAUW Applauds House Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches issued the following statement following the bipartisan passage (242–187) of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.7) in the House of Representatives today.
“By passing this important bill, the House of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to the economic security of American women and their families. We know there is a pay gap for all women, at every age, in every part of the country, and in nearly every industry. The gap has closed by less than a nickel in the 21st century, and it’s obvious that something needs to be done to ensure families can thrive.
“The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was a powerful first step, but the law has been weakened over time as the workforce demography has changed. We need new tools to fight discriminatory pay practices, and we need effective incentives and assistance to help employers comply with the law. The Paycheck Fairness Act provides these tools by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and putting new protections in place for the benefit of all American workers. Its passage is long overdue.
“AAUW commends Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) for her leadership on this bill for over 20 years. We urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead and act now to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. We can’t wait any longer for equal pay.”
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.