Denver, CO – Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, released the following statement applauding the establishment of Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Today is the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
“Today, we celebrate the anniversary of this great milestone for women’s equality in our nation’s history, but even as we take time to mark past progress, we must remember that we have more work to do,” said Bennet. “Women still do not make equal pay for equal work. As the father of three little girls, I want to ensure that they and all Americans are able to attain a level of pay that fully reflects the scale of their effort. In this savage economy when families are already struggling to make ends meet, this is especially important.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women who work full-time earn, on average, only $0.78 for every dollar men earn.
Bennet voted for the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, both of which will help ensure everyone gets equal pay for equal work.