Congressman Hoyer believes it is shameful that women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men in the workplace – a pay gap of 23 percent. While the gap in Maryland's Fifth District is closing, with women making around 90 cents on the dollar compared to men, Congressman Hoyer is focused on taking additional steps to ensure equal pay for equal work.
Congressman Hoyer helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to protect women against pay discrimination and help close the gender gap in wages. It was the first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law, and Congressman Hoyer is committed to building on this progress. He continues to urge his colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he is proud to co-sponsor, a bill that would provide better legal remedies for people who have experienced pay discrimination.
With more women than ever as primary breadwinners, Congressman Hoyer is committed to the fight for equal pay, and he'll keep fighting for equal compensation because our families deserve it.