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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement recognizing April 20th as Equal Pay Day.  This date symbolizes how far into 2010 the average woman must work to earn what the average man earned in 2009.

“Equal Pay Day is a yearly reminder that even though women are doing the same jobs as men and working just as hard every day, they still aren’t equal on one important day – payday. So as we work to create jobs and expand our economy, we must also remain committed to ensuring that all of our workers benefit equally from equal work.

“Despite years of progress, our country has still not yet completely eliminated discrimination and unfairness in the workplace. There have been improvements, but we are still not yet at the point where our daughters can expect to earn the same amount over their lifetime as our sons. And that has got to change.

“Women earn just seventy-eight cents for every dollar paid to their male co-workers.  This pay discrimination has real and harmful impacts on families and for our nation as a whole.  It hurts an individual’s ability to earn a living and save for retirement, care for her children, and contribute fully to society.

“That’s why I was such a strong supporter of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that restored a worker’s ability to fight for her rights in court. And it’s also why I cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which gives America’s working women additional support to fight for equal pay, as well as the Fair Pay Act, which requires employers to provide equal pay for jobs that are comparable in skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions. 

"Women have made great strides in America. And on Equal Pay Day we should all commit to continuing that progress by recognizing the full value of women’s skills and their significant contributions to the labor force.”