Thursday, May 11, 2000


"Equal pay is about more than dollars and cents. It's about right and wrong, because it's wrong when women still earn about 75 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same line of work; it's wrong that average female workers have to work an extra 17 weeks to catch up to the wages of average male workers."

President Bill Clinton
Thursday, May 11, 2000

Today at the White House, on National Equal Pay Day, President Clinton released a new report by his Council of Economic Advisers on the wage gap in the new economy, particularly in the field of information technology. The President announced several new measures to narrow the wage gap for women, including a $20 million investment by the National Science Foundation in his FY2001 budget to remove barriers to career advancement for women scientists and engineers, and a new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Task Force on Equal Pay. The President also renewed his call to Congress to support his $27 million Equal Pay Initiative and to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to combat unfair pay practices against women.

Releasing a New Report on the Wage Gap. The CEA report announced today, "Opportunities and Gender Pay Equity in New Economy Occupations," outlines women's progress in the new economy, particularly in the field of information technology. Major findings of the report include:

The report concludes that one pivotal way to narrow the wage gap is to encourage employers and others to recruit and train women for careers in IT.

Proposing New Measures to Promote Equal Pay. Today - Equal Pay Day - is the day on which American women's wages, added to their previous year's earnings, equal what men make in just one calendar year. To commemorate Equal Pay Day, the President announced new actions to help bridge the wage gap:

Calling on Congress to Support Equal Pay. The President renewed his call to Congress to send the message that wage discrimination is unacceptable by:

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