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Paycheck Fairness ActFifty-one years ago today President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. But while great strides have been made, that goal has yet to be realized.

Senator Murray has worked throughout her career to make ensure women are treated fairly and paid equally in the American workplace. She is fighting to increase economic opportunity for women and their families through policies like raising the minimum wage, expanding access to affordable child care, making it easier to pay down student loans, helping women gain financial security for retirement, and enacting the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Here is some of what Senator Murray has been working on to expand opportunity for working women and their families:

As we think about ways to support growth in the 21st century, it’s absolutely clear that our country’s economic success, and that of middle class families, goes hand in hand with women’s economic success. This means we have a lot more work to do. Because despite all the progress that has been made—all the glass ceilings that have been broken—women still face barriers that are holding them, their families, and the economy back.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

“Among people 65 and older, women have less retirement income and face a greater risk of poverty than men, and one in three women today depends on Social Security as their sole source of income. So I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we have a crisis in America today when it comes to retirement, for women in particular.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

“The role of women in families and in our economy has shifted dramatically in the last few decades. Today, 60 percent of families rely on earnings from both parents—up from 37 percent in 1975. Women make up nearly half of our workforce. And more than ever, women are likely to be the primary breadwinner in their families. Women are making a difference across our economy, in board rooms and lecture halls and small businesses… At a time when more and more families rely on women’s wages to put food on the table, stay in their homes, build a nest egg for retirement, and help pay for their children’s education. It is absolutely critical that we do more to eliminate pay discrimination and unfairness in the workplace.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)