September 25, 2017
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today EMILY’s List released the following statement on Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day. This date marks how far into the year Native American women must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earned in the previous year for the same work – 268 days. Native American women make 58 cents on the dollar, a nearly million-dollar loss in income compared to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
“Today is a sobering reminder of how far we still have to go in overcoming the systemic challenges that Native American women face in the workplace,” said EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock. “Native American women face one of the country’s largest gender wage gaps; this unjust pay discrimination is deeply harmful, impacting hardworking women and their families across the country.
“Instead of supporting Native American women, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have further cemented this discrimination by rolling back Obama-era workplace protections and actively impeding future progress. EMILY’s List is working to turn the tide back toward growing equality – by electing progressive fighters who will fight for women, not against them.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.