Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-187 in favor of passing the Paycheck Fairness Act introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). The same bill has already been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

“It’s 2019 and women are still earning on average significantly less than their male counterparts in the workplace,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The Paycheck Fairness Act provides employees with more remedies to challenge pay discrimination, protects employees from retaliation for sharing salaries with colleagues, and prohibits employers from demanding salary history during the hiring process–all factors that contribute to the modern gender wage gap.”

“We salute Rep. DeLauro, who first introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in 1997 and has worked for decades to strengthen protections against gender pay discrimination,” said Eleanor Smeal. “Women and their families deserve this critical support in the workplace.”