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Rep. Peters’ Statement on Equal Pay Day

Women in CA-52 Earn Only 80 cents for Every Dollar Earned by Men

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement to mark ‘Equal Pay Day,’ the date when women’s wages catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Nationwide, according to the American Association of University Women, women earn only 78 cents to each dollar earned by their male counterparts, and in the 52nd District women earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.

“As a husband, a father to a young woman, and a boss, I am committed to see that women earn equal pay for equal work,” Rep. Peters said. “Households across San Diego increasingly rely on women’s wages to pay bills, educate their children or pay for childcare, and save for retirement. San Diego families simply can’t afford for women to make only 80 cents to every dollar a male counterpart makes.  As a supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen and close the loopholes of the Equal Pay Act and move our country that much closer to ending gender discrimination in pay, I will continue working to expand economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. Our country cannot be successful if women are not getting the equal pay they deserve and have earned.”

Because of the Congressman's strong advocacy for ending gender discrimination, a member of his San Diego staff, Sarah Czarnecki, has been asked by the Lawyers Club of San Diego to be a featured panelist at the club's annual Equal Pay Day Leadership Luncheon.