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Representative Dwight Evans

Representing the 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Congressman Evans Cosponsors Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Pay Gap

April 4, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Last week, Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the gender pay gap in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Today is Equal Pay Day, a day that represents the amount of time it takes for women’s wages to finally catch up to what men earned the previous year. Nationwide, women still earn about 80 cents for every dollar men earn.

“I came to Washington to work hard to develop solutions to the many problems facing cities across the nation,” Congressman Evans said. “I cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will put into action a plan that helps women who are not receiving equal pay for equal work earn the wages they deserve. Pay disparity in the work force sets the standard for further inequality and injustice in our neighborhoods. I am proud to support legislation that I believe will help each and every person in our nation receive the fair, equitable pay they deserve.”

According to the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates in my home state of Pennsylvania, the median average earning for women is $40, 214 compared to $50,976 which is the median average earning for men.

“Closing the wage gap is about making sure all of our families have the same opportunities and access to resources they need,” Congressman Evans said.  

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Media Contact: Becca Brukman, 202-225-4001, Becca.Brukman@mail.house.gov

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