Honoring 60 years of the Equal Pay Act

President Biden Statement on Equal Pay 2023

To strengthen equal pay protections, I have issued Executive Orders to advance pay equity for the Federal workforce, including the elimination of discriminatory pay practices, and to promote efforts to achieve pay equity for job applicants and employees of Federal contractors. To address caregiving challenges that force families, and women in particular, to cut back on work and lower their earnings, I recently announced a sweeping set of executive actions to make child care and long-term care more accessible and affordable for families, and to boost pay and job quality for care workers, who are disproportionately women of color. This builds on the $39 billion in significant funding under my American Rescue Plan that helped 220,000 child care providers keep their doors open during the pandemic.

Sixty years after the signing of the Equal Pay Act, the fight for equal pay continues, which is why this Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to increase pay transparency for workers, strengthen protections to fight discrimination, and help level the playing field for women and people of color. I will never stop working towards the promise of equal protection under the law and for an economy that works for everyone.

Statement from President Joe Biden on the 60th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act


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