City Council Member Darius Brown Applauds President Obama's Support of Equal Pay for Women

Posted on  04/08/2014 2:07 pm

Brown Sponsored a City Council Resolution in 2013 Urging Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Which Remains Stalled

Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown (D-3rd District) today thanked President Obama for doing what the Congress has failed to do—recognize that women should earn the same amount of pay as men for doing similar work.

Council Member Brown commented this afternoon after President Obama today celebrated “Equal Pay Day” at the White House by signing two Executive Orders. The first order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other. The second order directs the U.S. Department of Labor to establish regulations that require federal contractors to report wage-related data to the government, thus holding contractors more accountable for salary differences based on sex or race.

Brown noted the irony of holding a signing ceremony on what is being called “Equal Pay Day” which Brown said demonstrates to the world the number of days that a woman in the United States has to work into 2014 in order for her pay to equal what a male counterpart earned in 2013.

“There is no logic to the failure of the Congress to approve the Paycheck Fairness Act which would end income disparity between women and men,” said Brown. “Why should a woman who works full time make an average of seventy-seven cents for every dollar that a man makes? It doesn’t make sense that this disparity has been happening for the past decade and we can’t do anything about it. Most disturbing to me is that our unequal pay standards are a form of systematic discrimination against women which being condoned by the Congress.”

Brown said he is proud of his fellow City Council colleagues for supporting his Resolution last year urging congressional action on a law that would assist women in the workforce by extending the protections of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. He urged citizens to start with our own Delaware delegation and then branch out to other states and urge that Congress end pay discrimination against women.