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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits wage discrimination based on gender. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement recognizing the anniversary of its signing:
“Sixty years ago, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law to protect women from pay discrimination. Yet today, on average, women make 84 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make. For women of color, the pay gap continues to be even wider. Amidst the struggle for pay equity, Republicans are attacking fundamental freedoms like abortion and access to reproductive health care, adding more barriers for women facing the wage gap.
“EMILYs List is proud to fight back against anti-freedom Republicans, and create a future where women are paid what they rightfully earned. With the women we help elect leading the way, EMILYs List is confident that closing the pay gap will not take another 60 years.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.