National Equal Pay Day, 2022, 15029-15030 [2022-05797]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2022 / Presidential Documents 15029 Presidential Documents Proclamation 10348 of March 14, 2022 National Equal Pay Day, 2022 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Equal pay is a matter of justice, fairness, and dignity—it is about living up to our values and who we are as a Nation. For over 25 years, Equal Pay Day has helped draw attention to gender-based pay disparities by highlighting how far into a new year a woman must work, on average, to earn what a man did in the previous year. This year, Equal Pay Day falls on March 15, the earliest we have ever marked the occasion. The earlier that Equal Pay Day arrives, the closer our Nation has come to achieving pay fairness. But while we should celebrate the progress we have made, as I have said in the past, we should not be satisfied until Equal Pay Day is no longer necessary at all. In 2020, the average woman working full-time, year-round, for wages or a salary earned 83 cents for every dollar paid to their average male counterpart. And once again, the disparities are even greater for Black, Native American, Latina, and certain subpopulations of Asian women when compared to white men. Disabled women also continue to experience significant disparities and make 80 cents for every dollar compared to men with disabilities. The pay gap reflects outright discrimination as well as barriers that women face in accessing good-paying jobs and meeting caregiving responsibilities—including a lack of affordable child care, paid family and medical leave, and fair and predictable scheduling—which often prevent women from joining and staying in the workforce. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PRESDOC3 Over the course of a career, the pay gap can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings, particularly for women of color, significantly impacting retirement savings and uniquely burdening households led by single mothers. The Biden-Harris Administration has moved quickly to deliver results for women and working families and to dismantle the barriers that women face in the workplace. In our first full year in office, we saw the largest calendar year decline in unemployment. We also saw the strongest economic growth in nearly 4 decades, rising wages, and an estimated nearly 40 percent decline in child poverty. We have turned the tide on women’s labor force participation, which the COVID–19 pandemic had pushed to a more than 30-year low. In addition, my Administration has taken key steps to address pay discrimination, including issuing an Executive Order directing the Office of Personnel Management to take appropriate steps to advance equal pay at Federal agencies. And I have raised the minimum wage for Federal contractors, which has significantly benefitted women—especially women of color—who are disproportionately represented in minimum-wage and low-wage jobs. We can be proud of that progress—but there is more we need to do. My Administration is fighting to ensure that women have the free and fair choice to organize and collectively bargain for the wages and benefits they deserve and to access training for good-paying jobs in sectors where they have historically been underrepresented. We are working to eliminate anticompetitive barriers that keep women from bargaining for better pay and demanding dignity and respect in the workplace. I have continued to call VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Mar 16, 2022 Jkt 256250 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\17MRD0.SGM 17MRD0 15030 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2022 / Presidential Documents on the Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help mitigate sex-based pay discrimination while ensuring greater transparency and reporting of disparities in wages. And I am continuing to work with the Congress to pass critical legislation that would lower the cost of child care, elder care, home-based health care, and other major barriers to working families, while raising compensation for care workers, who are disproportionately women of color and who have been underpaid and undervalued for far too long. If we are going to continue our record-breaking recovery and build a truly strong and competitive economy for the future, we have to address the barriers that have long held women back from full participation and fair treatment in the workforce. The founding promise of our Nation is that all people are created equal—and my Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans have a fair and equal opportunity to get ahead, so that one day soon we can render Equal Pay Day a relic of the past. NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2022, as National Equal Pay Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize the full value of women’s skills and their significant contributions to the labor force, acknowledge the injustice of wage inequality, and join efforts to achieve equal pay. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortysixth. [FR Doc. 2022–05797 Filed 3–16–22; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Mar 16, 2022 Jkt 256250 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\17MRD0.SGM 17MRD0 BIDEN.EPS</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PRESDOC3 Billing code 3395–F2–P

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Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2022 / 
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                Proclamation 10348 of March 14, 2022

                
National Equal Pay Day, 2022

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Equal pay is a matter of justice, fairness, and 
                dignity--it is about living up to our values and who we 
                are as a Nation. For over 25 years, Equal Pay Day has 
                helped draw attention to gender-based pay disparities 
                by highlighting how far into a new year a woman must 
                work, on average, to earn what a man did in the 
                previous year.

                This year, Equal Pay Day falls on March 15, the 
                earliest we have ever marked the occasion. The earlier 
                that Equal Pay Day arrives, the closer our Nation has 
                come to achieving pay fairness. But while we should 
                celebrate the progress we have made, as I have said in 
                the past, we should not be satisfied until Equal Pay 
                Day is no longer necessary at all.

                In 2020, the average woman working full-time, year-
                round, for wages or a salary earned 83 cents for every 
                dollar paid to their average male counterpart. And once 
                again, the disparities are even greater for Black, 
                Native American, Latina, and certain subpopulations of 
                Asian women when compared to white men. Disabled women 
                also continue to experience significant disparities and 
                make 80 cents for every dollar compared to men with 
                disabilities. The pay gap reflects outright 
                discrimination as well as barriers that women face in 
                accessing good-paying jobs and meeting caregiving 
                responsibilities--including a lack of affordable child 
                care, paid family and medical leave, and fair and 
                predictable scheduling--which often prevent women from 
                joining and staying in the workforce.

                Over the course of a career, the pay gap can add up to 
                hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings, 
                particularly for women of color, significantly 
                impacting retirement savings and uniquely burdening 
                households led by single mothers.

                The Biden-Harris Administration has moved quickly to 
                deliver results for women and working families and to 
                dismantle the barriers that women face in the 
                workplace. In our first full year in office, we saw the 
                largest calendar year decline in unemployment. We also 
                saw the strongest economic growth in nearly 4 decades, 
                rising wages, and an estimated nearly 40 percent 
                decline in child poverty. We have turned the tide on 
                women's labor force participation, which the COVID-19 
                pandemic had pushed to a more than 30-year low. In 
                addition, my Administration has taken key steps to 
                address pay discrimination, including issuing an 
                Executive Order directing the Office of Personnel 
                Management to take appropriate steps to advance equal 
                pay at Federal agencies. And I have raised the minimum 
                wage for Federal contractors, which has significantly 
                benefitted women--especially women of color--who are 
                disproportionately represented in minimum-wage and low-
                wage jobs.

                We can be proud of that progress--but there is more we 
                need to do. My Administration is fighting to ensure 
                that women have the free and fair choice to organize 
                and collectively bargain for the wages and benefits 
                they deserve and to access training for good-paying 
                jobs in sectors where they have historically been 
                underrepresented. We are working to eliminate 
                anticompetitive barriers that keep women from 
                bargaining for better pay and demanding dignity and 
                respect in the workplace. I have continued to call

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                on the Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, 
                which would help mitigate sex-based pay discrimination 
                while ensuring greater transparency and reporting of 
                disparities in wages. And I am continuing to work with 
                the Congress to pass critical legislation that would 
                lower the cost of child care, elder care, home-based 
                health care, and other major barriers to working 
                families, while raising compensation for care workers, 
                who are disproportionately women of color and who have 
                been underpaid and undervalued for far too long.

                If we are going to continue our record-breaking 
                recovery and build a truly strong and competitive 
                economy for the future, we have to address the barriers 
                that have long held women back from full participation 
                and fair treatment in the workforce. The founding 
                promise of our Nation is that all people are created 
                equal--and my Administration is committed to ensuring 
                that all Americans have a fair and equal opportunity to 
                get ahead, so that one day soon we can render Equal Pay 
                Day a relic of the past.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of 
                the United States of America, by virtue of the 
                authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws 
                of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 15, 
                2022, as National Equal Pay Day. I call upon all 
                Americans to recognize the full value of women's skills 
                and their significant contributions to the labor force, 
                acknowledge the injustice of wage inequality, and join 
                efforts to achieve equal pay.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                sixth.
                
                
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