U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) is working to move Equal Pay Day to Dec. 31.
Each year, April 8 symbolizes the day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Nationally, women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, and in the 12th District of Illinois, women earn 71 percent of men’s earnings.
“It’s time to start moving the Equal Pay Day recognition from April 8 to Dec. 31. We simply cannot stand for an unequal distribution of wages when the work is equal,” Enyart said. “Equal pay for equal work.It’s a simple notion that will make a difference for millions of women and families.”
In June, the Equal Pay Act will mark its 51st anniversary, and women comprise approximately 50 percent of the workforce.
“This isn’t just a women’s issue,” Enyart said. “This is a family issue, this is a corporate issue, and most importantly, this is an equality issue.”
Enyart was a cosponsor of HR 377 – The Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act. It provides effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work.
“Households of all kinds are increasingly relying upon multiple wage earners,” Enyart said. “For the sake of our families, women must be paid equally.”