Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Highlights Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
Dallas, TX - (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson made the following remarks in recognition of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Black Women’s Equal Pay Day marks the day when black women finally catch up to white men’s pay from the last year. On average, black women in this country must work almost eight more months to simply earn what a white man earned by last December 31st. Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar white men earn in this country.
“We must do something to eliminate the pay gap in this country,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The fact that it takes an additional eight months for Black women in America to earn the same amount a White man can earn in one calendar year is shameful. We must reward equal work with equal pay. This pay gap can cost Black women a loss of more than $800,000 over the course of a 40 year working career. This day is meant to show how far we still have to go in earning equal rights and equal compensation for women in this country. Someday soon, I hope to eliminate the need to recognize this day because we will close the pay gap and live in a country where regardless of gender or race, we are all paid equally for equal work.”
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.