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Catalyst Issues Statement on Blockage of Paycheck Fairness Act in United States Senate

NEW YORK—Today Catalyst issued a statement concerning the United States Senate's action blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward. The statement is reproduced here in full, as follows:
A crucial bill targeting the gender pay gap in the United States was blocked today as too few senators voted to move forward with the legislation. Among other remedies, the Paycheck Fairness Act would have required employers to provide an explanation for wage differences between women and men doing the same type of work. Today, women working full-time and year round are paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This harms women, their families and American business. The Act’s blockage represents a defeat for this nation’s working women, and our economy.
The gender pay gap will persist in the United States until 2058 if we fail to act. Equality—and equity—can’t wait.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.