When women succeed, America Succeeds.
As part of the Middle Class Jumpstart Agenda, Democrats will fight for:
- Equal pay for equal work
- Paid sick leave
- Affordable child care
- Learn more at www.dems.gov/jumpstart
GOP Governors on Equal Pay
Mitch McConnell - Equal Pay for Equal Work is “Preferential” Treatment
Marco Rubio on Equal Pay: “A Waste of Time”
It’s hard to believe that, in 2014, women still have to fight to be paid as much as men for doing the same work. Here in Kentucky, women make up nearly half the workforce but bring home just 76 cents for every dollar a man does.
This is wrong. On Equal Pay Day, I’m asking you to join me in calling on Congress to act. Add your name: http://bit.ly/1hcrjB9
Today Rep. Lynn Jenkins called Democrats push for equal pay for equal work “condescending.” We have a different word for equal pay: “fair.”
The son of a single mom. Proud father of two daughters. President Obama knows that women being paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men isn’t just unfair, it hurts families.
So the first law he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help ensure that women are paid the same as men for doing the exact same work. Because President Obama knows that fairness for women means a stronger middle class for America.
Since taking office, President Obama has turned around an economy that was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs each month, ended the war in Iraq, signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, and cut taxes for every working family.
So this November, the choice for women is clear: We can keep moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made—or we can go backward to more tax cuts for the wealthy, the same policies that led to massive job losses and punished the middle class, and an era when women didn’t have control over our own health choices.
Will we re-elect the candidate who has our backs and is fighting for our families? Or will we turn back?
- Control over our health choices
- Stable jobs in an economy built to last
- Investment in the next generation
- Fair treatment
- Security in retirement
“This afternoon, Senate Republicans refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common-sense piece of legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and give women more tools to fight pay discrimination. It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families.
Despite the progress that has been made over the years, women continue to earn substantially less than men for performing the same work. My administration will continue to fight for a woman’s right for equal pay for equal work, as we rebuild our economy so that hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and every American gets a fair shot to succeed.”