House members focus on impact of wage disparities on #EqualPayDay 2021

March 23 was Equal Pay Day—the date this year by which women had worked enough extra days and weeks to earn the same pay that their male counterparts earned last year. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform recognized #EqualPayDay with a hearing on the long-term economic impact of gender inequality. “Routinely earning less than we deserve impacts us for life,” said Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in her opening statement.

Lower wages result in reduced Social Security and pension benefits such that women earn, on average, approximately $900,000 less than men, she added. NEA provided comments for the record, noting that the gender pay gap exists “in all demographics, all parts of the country, and in nearly all occupations—including female-dominated professions like teaching and nursing.” Witnesses included soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who called out the NCAA for glaring disparities in how it has treated men and women competing in this month’s basketball tournaments, such as providing women athletes with substandard exercise facilities and refusing to allow them to use the March Madness brand.

Last week, NEA also sent the House Education and Labor Committee  a letter for its markup of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), which would, among other provisions, require employers to demonstrate that gender is not the reason they pay employees different wages and put in place robust remedies for discrimination. Our letter also offered support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065), which would provide for reasonable workplace accommodations to reduce health risks to pregnant women and their babies.

Email your senators and representative and ask them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2021.

14 responses to “House members focus on impact of wage disparities on #EqualPayDay 2021

  1. Women support more families than can be counted. Give women equal pay with men so they can raise their families .

    1. Women are heading more households than in the past when mostly men worked. Now more women make more money (albeit on less pay that a man for an equal job) than husbands. Now is the time to ditch the old relic of women not heading a household so they don’t need as much money for the same work. Bring us into the 22nd century and vote for equal pay for women.

  2. Oh, Frank. I disagree. The divisions of sexism/misogyny and racism have been with us since the founding of our country and continue to harm more than half of our citizens. We do need action in these areas to begin to reach equity. Thank you for considering this perspective.

    1. Thanks Katherine, I do appreciate your perspective, but I feel differently. I believe we achieved pay equity many years ago. Sexism will take years to eliminate but, in regards to racism, I don’t believe any African Americans are discriminated against in this country and haven’t for over 50 years. In fact they receive many preferences and benefits that whites do not. The only group being discriminated against and blamed for society’s problems, is the white male. Thanks.

      1. I beg to differ with you, Frank! African Americans have been discriminated against when getting a job, when going to a bank for a loan, even in education where they are discriminated against. Children who come from lower taxed sections of a state will get less money to educate them with the best teachers, computer labs, libraries, supplies, etc.

      2. “I don’t believe any African Americans are discriminated against in this country and haven’t for over 50 years.” (Frank)

        You are in denial about racism… A blind man can see that racism exist in America. What benefits and preferences’ are you talking about that black people receives?

        1. Ezzard, what examples do you provide that racism exists? Black people receive preferences with Affirmative Action, points for being minorities on civil service exams and preferences in hiring in the civil service system as well as points for being minorities on college applications. We are abolishing SAT scores as a college requirement and are beginning to consider eliminating standard testing in K-12 schools because it impacts minorities. Urban schools get higher state funding because of the Abbott Districts. And now, we are going into the inner cities to vaccinate the black community because many don’t register for a vaccine. Every commercial on TV and every show is filled with black actors. There are even quotas for motion pictures! Are you serious when you ask what benefits and preferences do black people receive? You have black privilege!

  3. This is a complete lie. There is no such thing as gender inequality. This is perpetuated by soccer player and LGBQT community member Megan Rapinoe. An angry person who is jealous of and hates men. The Equal Pay Act was enacted several years ago and it has been illegal to pay women less than men in the workplace except in professional sports where other factors come into play. This article is filled with inaccuracies. Stop perpetuating these lies and dividing our country by gender and race.

    1. I agree with Katherine and Paul. This is 2021, after all. I think that we all remember having a mother, and maybe a wife or a sister, a grandmother or an aunt. It is time we show a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

      1. Showing respect is important Clorinda but women already receive equal pay for equal work. The Equal Pay Act was created by President Kennedy and passed in 1963. The Act requires that women receive equal pay as their male counterparts. It’s a big social issue now that the media and others are creating to cause division. But, the fact is, we have had the Equal Pay Act since 1963.

  4. Hi please support the payness fairness act. IN ADDITION, how about raises for teachers, not just raising starting salaries but those of us close to retirement barely get any increases at the top of the scale for years.

    2 other areas I would hope that you support is :

    1- lowering the Medicare age to at least 60. So many jobs have a high burnout rate yet people are forced to stay due to no good options for healthcare between 58 to 65

    2-the Healthy Workplace Bill/Dignity in the Workplace (so much of this going on-please join Massachusetts, Rhode Island & other states that have people working on this too)

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