On Tuesday, April 9, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives marking Equal Pay Day and advocating equal pay for equal work.
The text and video of her remarks are below.
Today in the United States women make only $.77 on the dollar. In my home state of Illinois women earn nearly $12,000 a year less than their male counterparts.During my service in the Army, compared to my male counterparts I got equal pay for equal work. And this policy offairness has helped make our military the strongest, fiercest in the world.Pay discrimination doesn’t just hurt women – it hurts working families in towns like Itasca and Elgin, Illinois. I know that my neighbors in the 8th Congressional District believe that our daughters deserve better than this. Pay equality for women is not only the right thing to do – but it will make our economy stronger, it will make our families stronger, it will make America stronger So, on Equal Pay Day let us recommit ourselves to doing everything within our power to end pay inequality in our country.
- Mr. Speaker, America’s daughters deserve better.
Congress needs to act now and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act so that women have the opportunity to stand up to this discrimination.
I yield back.