Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today to commemorate Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year:
“Income inequalities between men and women demand our attention and action. Equal Pay Day reminds us that even in 2008, women face significant pay discrimination that hurts American families. And as prices for everything from health care to energy to tuition to food continue to rise in this weakening economy, America can no longer afford unequal pay for equal work.
“This week we will also stand up for equality by working to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. This bill reverses a Supreme Court decision that turns back the clock on civil rights protections for workers who face discrimination based on age, race, gender, national origin, religion, or disability. Republicans and Democrats should be able to unite around ensuring that men and women are paid fairly, and that they have a fair opportunity under the law to fight back when they are not.”