Concord, NH-- After Governor Hassan's proclamation declaring today "New Hampshire Equal Pay Day," New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement.
"When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women were earning on average 59 cents to every dollar earned by a man. Today, 51 years later, New Hampshire women continue to suffer from a 23% wage gap, earning 77 cents on the dollar. That 23 cent gap represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income over a woman's lifetime, which affects her entire family. Paycheck fairness is not just a women’s issue. It’s a family issue. And it’s a community issue.
"Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act passed unanimously through the Senate—a bill which would provide the 60% of women working in today’s economy the tools to combat this wage gap. And today in Washington, the U.S. Senate will vote on the federal Paycheck Fairness Act, which would also empower women with new ways to combat pay discrimination.
"The voters of New Hampshire want to know where the Republican candidates stand on this crucial issue. Will the Republican candidates for Congress follow Senator Kelly Ayotte's lead in opposing paycheck fairness? Some have already stepped forward, making it clear that they see no problem with allowing these injustices to continue. The Democratic Party of New Hampshire will not stand for that kind of indifference. We believe that more can be done to help Granite State families achieve equality, and we will continue to fight tirelessly until the wage gap is closed."
New Hampshire Democratic leadership at today's press conference for Equal Pay Day.