Bustos Recognizes Ongoing Struggle for Equal Pay on Seventh Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Act Fair Pay Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seven years ago today, President Obama signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This important legislation took several steps to help close the pay gap that exists between men and women in the workplace. While there has been incremental progress on the national level, where women now earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, it's clear that there's still progress to be made. In the 17th Congressional District, this figure is even worse, with women only making 72 cents for every dollar a man is paid. As many women are the primary source of income for their families, fighting for equal pay for equal work is one of Bustos' top priorities.

 

“Seven years ago today, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law and, although we've made some advances on the national level, women in our region still earn just 72 cents for every dollar a man makes,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “For women of color, the pay gap is even worse. All Americans should have the right to earn equal pay for equal work and that's why I'm committed to continuing the fight to close the gap by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.”