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Due to the gender wage gap, each woman in Pennsylvania will lose an average of about $460,000 over the course of her lifetime

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is releasing a statement on Equal Pay Day, which marks the amount of time the average woman has to work in order to reach what her white male colleagues were paid in the previous calendar year. While today marks Equal Pay Day for all women, the pay gap disproportionately hurts women of color—who have to work even longer to close the wage gap.

“Today and every day, I am committed to advancing equality and equity for women in the workplace. In particular, women of color bear the brunt of pay inequality,” said Senator Casey. “Equal Pay Day is a reminder that our work to end the gender wage gap is far from over. All fifty Senate Democrats support the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close the loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. I challenge my Republican colleagues to join us to support this commonsense legislation. In order to truly address paycheck inequality, we also need to invest in child care and home care to provide a bridge back to work for women who have to leave their jobs to care for a child or relative. I will continue to fight in Congress to support women and their families, advancing the cause of justice for workers across Pennsylvania and the Nation.”

According to The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, each woman in Pennsylvania will lose an average of about $460,000 over the course of her lifetime. The Paycheck Fairness Act would hold employers accountable for discriminatory practices, end the practice of pay secrecy, ease workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees.