For Immediate Release
March 24, 2021
EMILYs List Calls Attention to Pay Disparities That Persist on Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement on Equal Pay Day:
“It’s 2021, and women still make less than men in every state in the country–and those stats are worse for Black women and Latinas. With an overall gender pay gap of almost 19 percent, it's past time to fix this issue and give women the equal pay they've earned. In order to achieve workplace equality, we need to pay women a fair wage, address discrimination in hiring practices, and call out discriminatory corporate practices that emphasize traditional family work structures.
Thankfully, while Republicans have prioritized stripping people's rights and undermining reproductive freedom, EMILY's List Democratic women have led efforts to expand women and families' economic opportunities and child care subsidies in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. As families work to get back on their feet following the hardships of the pandemic, Democratic pro-choice women are on the frontlines fighting to end gender-based wage discrimination and create a culture where workplaces, political offices, and corporations value and promote women. Together, we will finally achieve pay equity in this country.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.