Washington DC, 15 March 2023 (TDI): On this year’s Equal Pay Day, Vice President of the United States (US), Kamala Harris has issued a call to action for all to come together and address the gender wage gap.
She believes that in order to continue to grow the economy and lead the world in the 21st century, the country cannot afford to leave half of its workforce behind.
To continue to grow our economy and lead the world in the 21st century, we simply cannot afford to leave half of our workforce behind.
On Equal Pay Day, let us recommit to closing the gender wage gap and building an economy that works for all people of our nation. pic.twitter.com/CFrrjQXneY
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 14, 2023
Equal Pay Day
To mention, Equal Pay Day is a day to recognize the significant disparity in pay between men and women. According to the National Women’s Law Center in 2021, women working full-time, year-round earn only 83 cents for every dollar earned by men.
This gap is even larger for women of color, with Black women earning only 67 cents and Latina women earning only 55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. This is not only unfair but also an impediment to the country’s progress and growth.
For this purpose, the Vice President has urged all businesses to prioritize equal pay and to ensure that women are paid the same as men for the same work.
She has also called for the elimination of discriminatory practices that limit the opportunities for women to advance in their careers.
Harris endorsed that the United States must work to build an economy that works for all people, regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Closing the gender wage gap is an essential step toward achieving this goal.
President Joe Biden on Equal Pay Day
Likewise, President of the United States (US) Joe Biden has also made a powerful statement on Equal Pay Day, emphasizing that a job is not just about a paycheck but also about dignity and respect.
I have often said that a job is about more than a paycheck — it is about dignity and respect.
Equal pay is about living up to our values and who we are as a nation.
Together, we have to make sure that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 14, 2023
Biden has stressed that the whole nation must work together to ensure that their daughters have the same rights and opportunities as their sons. “We cannot continue to tolerate a system that undervalues and underpays women,” he stated.
“By closing this gap and ensuring that women are paid the same as men for equal work, we can create a stronger and more equitable society,” President Biden further added.
On this year’s Equal Pay Day, let us recommit ourselves to this important cause and work towards a future where everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity and respect.