For Immediate Release
April 10th, 2018
EMILYs List Recognizes Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today is Equal Pay Day, the day representing how many extra days a woman in the United States must work in order to earn the equivalent of what a man earned at the end of 2017. In recognition, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Enough is enough. As wage inequality continues to hurt hardworking women and their families, women are stepping up and taking action. Gender disparity in pay doesn't just hurt women — it hurts the millions of families who rely on women's paychecks to put food on their tables, books in their backpacks, and gas in their cars. These basic necessities are even further out of reach for women of color who face greater wage gaps.”
“In vote after vote on equal pay legislation, Republicans in Congress and the administration have turned their backs on women and their rights. From their repeated attempts to roll back legislation fighting gender discrimination in the labor market, to Paul Ryan’s refusal to hold a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, to their shameless blocking of an important equal pay transparency initiative, the Republican Party has made it clear how little they value women.”
“Today, like every day, EMILYs List will continue to work tirelessly to elect strong pro-choice Democratic women who will champion policies that lift up women in — and outside of — the workplace. Women are speaking out and running for office by the thousands to ensure that women everywhere have the long-overdue rights they deserve. This November, we’ll have EMILYs List women elected up and down the ballot who recognize that equal pay for equal work only makes the economy stronger. Republicans can try to keep down our wages, but they won’t keep down our voices.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.