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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Celebrating Women's Equality Day

Aug 27, 2014
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More work remains to close the gender gap

As we celebrated Women’s Equality Day yesterday, we marked the 94th anniversary of a victory won by our grandmothers, mothers, aunts and sisters who fought hard for their right to vote under the 19th Amendment. The gender gap has narrowed little by little over the last nine decades, but work still remains and I am asking that those of us in office renew our commitment to finish the job.

Every woman in the United States should have the opportunity to achieve her dreams and be equally compensated for her contributions to the economy. It  is unacceptable that women today still earn about $11,600 less a year than their male counterparts for the same work in the United States. That means women earn just 77 cents to every $1 made by their male colleagues and, for Hispanic and African American women, the disparity is even worse. 

That is why I am supporting a 100-day action plan to jumpstart America’s middle class, especially women. The legislative package will create good-paying jobs by investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure, make college more affordable and – of course – ensure that men and women get equal pay for equal work. I don’t support partisan rhetoric, just common sense ideas to strengthen American families. You can learn about the action plan here.