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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Co-Sponsors Paycheck Fairness Act To Enforce Equal Pay For Women

April 4, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today marked Equal Pay Day and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would enforce equal pay for women.

“It is unbelievable that today, in 2017, Minnesota women earn just 81 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.” Congresswoman McCollum said. “I strongly support the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that enforces equal pay for women. It is time Congressional Republicans to finally support this important bill.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees. Congressional Republicans have blocked the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act since 2008.

Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Despite making up half the workforce, more than five decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Minnesota woman earn 81 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by a man. The gap is even wider for women of color.