Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law aimed at closing the gap between the wages of men and women. But, despite this landmark law, a significant gender-based wage gap persists. That’s why the National Partnership joined with allies on Capitol Hill this week to call on members of Congress to advance the vision of the Equal Pay Act by prioritizing passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.
The day kicked off with a press conference hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D — Calif.). It featured Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D — Conn.), Joyce Beatty (D — Ohio), Joaquín Castro (D — Texas) and members of our fair pay coalition. Following the press conference, staff from coalition organizations, volunteers and their children took the call for fair pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act straight to congressional offices.
Check out a few photos from the day below, and then show your solidarity and support for fair pay by sharing our fair pay image (right) and adding an “I [heart] Equal Pay” ribbon to your profile here.
LEFT: Leader Pelosi holds up a photo from the day President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, at a press conference marking the 50thanniversary of the law and highlighting the need to strengthen it with legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act.
RIGHT: A team of staff and volunteers poses for a photo after visiting members of Congress and urging them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.