AAUW issues statement about today’s House vote on Paycheck Fairness Act
2012 May 31
Note: On Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m. EDT, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will host a Twitter Town Hall with colleagues from the House of Representatives to answer questions about equal pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act. You can follow @AAUW or participate in the chat using the hashtag #EqualPay.
AAUW released the following statement from Lisa Maatz, director of public policy and government relations, on today’s House of Representatives vote (233-180) on the Paycheck Fairness Act.
AAUW is pleased to see this important issue brought before the House and applauds the efforts of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and pay equity champion Rep. Rosa DeLauro to secure a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. We’re deeply disappointed, however, that a majority of their colleagues didn’t also see the wisdom of passing the bill. The House of Representatives had a chance to make real change in the lives of American women and their families today but instead settled on a partisan stalemate.The sting of gender pay discrimination is real. We know that women are far more likely to spend their golden years in poverty and that it starts the moment we throw our graduation caps in the air. Women’s wages should be determined by the work we do rather than influenced by outdated and discriminatory gender stereotypes. It’s time for our paychecks and our national policies to catch up to the 21st century. AAUW looks forward to the Senate producing a more enlightened vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act next week.