Downey Statement on Equal Pay Day

(OCEAN TOWNSHIP) – Human Services Committee Chairwoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) offered the following statement regarding yesterday’s Equal Pay Day:

“This should not be necessary. We should be past this point. In 2018, we should not have to laud those who are in favor of providing equal pay for equal work.

“But, here we are. We live in a world where Equal Pay Day is an integral part of promoting awareness of the gender pay gap, and while I am proud to support Equal Pay Day, I am saddened that it is even necessary.

“Soon enough, however, in about two weeks, we will make incredible legislative strides when the ‘Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act’ is signed into law by Gov. Murphy.

“Once signed, New Jersey will become the national leader in pay equity, and I am honored to have my name on such a historic piece of legislation as a sponsor.

“There is still much work to do in providing women in both New Jersey and the entirety of the United States with the economic justice they deserve, and we will not stop fighting until the fight is won.

“The future is female, and the future starts now.”