CEPR Economist Heather Boushey Testifies Before Congress on Equal Pay for Women

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April 24, 2007

CEPR Economist Heather Boushey Testifies Before Congress on Equal Pay for Women

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2007

Contact: Lynn Erskine, 202-293-5380 x115

Washington, DC: Senior Economist Heather Boushey of the Center for Economic and Policy Research testified today before the House Committee on Education and Labor on Strengthening the Middle Class: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women.

"Closing the gender pay gap requires that policymakers do more to help families balance work and family life," said Boushey. "It is women who continue to not only do the most caretaking, but who bear the brunt of the economic penalties of the workplace. Policy initiatives like paid sick days, paid family leave, increased access to flexible workplaces—without pay penalties—are all important steps in leveling the playing field between men and women on the job."

Read the complete testimony