House Passes Rep. Harder’s Amendment to Close the Wage Gap for Women of Color

March 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Representative Josh Harder’s amendment to close the wage gap for women of color.

Harder’s amendment is part of a larger landmark bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to ensure equal pay for equal work. Women on average make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes and Hispanic women only make 53 cents per dollar. The amendment directs the Department of Labor to pay special attention to women of color when conducting research on wage disparities.

“Equal work deserves equal pay, regardless of gender and regardless of race,” said Harder. “It’s absurd that in 2019 women in the Central Valley, especially women of color, are being paid less than their male counterparts. Unequal pay hurts women, it hurts our families, and it hurts the Central Valley. I’m proud we were able to get this important amendment passed so we have a more equitable bridge to the middle class for women of color and their families.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House 242-187.