Chairman Xavier Becerra on the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 being signed into law:

“50 years ago today, our nation took an historic first step in addressing the wage disparity between men and women when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law. That important first step must not be the last.

“A half century later, for many hardworking American women, an equal day’s work still does not mean an equal day’s pay. In fact, on average, women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. That doesn’t cut it. As a lifelong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, and as the father of three daughters, I take the issue of economic equality and opportunity for the next generation of women very personally.

“On this important anniversary, we must rededicate ourselves to fight to end the gender wage gap and improve economic prosperity for all people and families across our country.”