Kansas City Congressman Cleaver Advocates Equal Pay For Father's Day
TKC NOTE: In this week's newsletter, Kansas City Congressman Cleaver shares an important message about wage disparity and future generations of female workers . . .
WHAT MEN HOPE FOR THIS FATHER’S DAY
This Father’s Day – I hope for my daughter.
I hope that she, and all of America’s daughters and sons, will see the day when women in this country get the equal pay they deserve. 51 years ago President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. Make no mistake, this was a monumental step toward ending the injustice of women receiving less pay than men, for the same work. Yet still today, that battle rages on. On average, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar made by a man. The pay gap grows even larger for African American women, earning an average of 64 cents, and Latinas, earning an average of 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.
This income disparity not only hurts women, but entire families, and the middle class as a whole. In fact, by the time a woman turns 65 years old, she will have lost an average of $431,000 because of this pay gap.
It is true that we have come a long way. But this is no time to stop, tire, or give up. Our country will only grow stronger as we work harder to achieve fairness for all women, and make sure they are allowed to reach their full potential.
Real all of the Congressman Cleaver's letter by clicking this link.