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EMILY’s List Recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2019

EMILY's List Recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Women's Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Women's Equal Pay Day: 

“Today marks the number of days an Asian American or Pacific Islander woman would have to work in order to meet the pay of a white, non-Hispanic man. If we’re going make up for the 85 cents that AAPI women make for each dollar a white man earns, then it’s crucial that we uplift the voices of women from marginalized communities — especially when the wage gaps for African American, Native American, and Latina women are even wider.” 

“The continued gender-based wage gaps of American women of all ethnicities are both shocking and wrong. In 2019, it’s high time that we have leaders in office who will work toward a solution.”

“Here at EMILY’s List we’re maintaining our commitment to elect AAPI women to office up and down the ballot, and we’re proud to have helped usher in the most diverse U.S. Congress in history. With leaders like Sens. Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Mazie Hirono; Rep. Stephanie Murphy; and Rising Star nominee and New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou in office, we know the difference it will make for AAPI, and all, women to have powerful advocates on their side. Closing the wage gap begins with putting more women at tables of power, at all levels of government.” 

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