Today, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act into law, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common sense bill that would ensure Illinois women equal pay for equal work.
“Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue, it is an issue for all Illinois middle class families,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “When women bring home more, they are able to provide more for their families. In my experience, that means helping to put more food on the table, gas in the family car for hockey game trips, and making the other bills that our family accumulates easier to pay. Because equal pay for equal work would benefit families across our region, it is time that Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act.”
On June 10th 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. And yet, 50 years later, Illinois women on average still make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gap of over $11,000 per year. That is why Bustos is pushing for enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act – in order to help close the remaining pay gap between men and women.
In addition, 617,000 households in Illinois are headed by women. Eliminating the wage gap would help these families and provide them with much-needed income.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which Bustos is an original co-sponsor of, would help ensure employers pay equal salaries for equal work done by men and women.