Beyer Applauds President Obama’s Actions on Equal Pay Day

Contact:  Ann O’Hanlon,

April 8, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer joined the chorus of voices applauding President Obama for his actions today – National Equal Pay Day — toward equal pay for equal work.  Obama signed a memorandum as the first step in requiring federal contractors to report data on employee wages including sex and race, and he also signed an executive order prohibiting retaliation against workers who disclose pay, since that is one way workers might discover pay violations or inequities.

“The fact that women still earn less than their male counterparts in the United States is a travesty,” Beyer said.  “I commend President Obama for these critical steps toward closing the wage gap.  Congress should follow by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.”

Full-time working women still earn just 77 cents to every dollar earned by men, according to the U.S. Census.  Women make up almost half of the American workforce.

The signing ceremony in the White House included DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Megan Beyer, the wife of Don Beyer. Megan Beyer is a lifelong activist in women’s issues of economics and reproductive rights and recently published an op-ed on Equal Pay Day urging equal pay requirements for federal contractors.