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Published on Jun 1, 2012
Representative Marcia L. Fudge: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I rise on behalf of the women who are part of the fabric of our nation's work force. Nationally women working full time are paid 77 cents for every $1 paid to men. These disparities are even worse for women of color. In Ohio, my home state, African-American women are paid only 62 cents and Hispanic-American women only 54 cents for every $1 paid to white males. The gender wage gap not only hurts women, unfair wages hurt entire families. In nearly two out of three American families, a woman is either the bread winner or co-bread winner of their household. That means if women are not paid fairly many families will not get fed. I co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act because I cannot and will not stand by as pay disparities persist. Gender discrimination is shameless and intolerable and it must be stopped. I yield back.