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On Equal Pay Day EMILY’s List Calls Out Mitch McConnell for Opposing Equal Pay for Women

McConnell Not On the Side of Kentucky Women and Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, denounced Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his opposition to policies that fight to end gender discrimination in pay. Mitch McConnell is running against Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Mitch McConnell, identified as a vulnerable incumbent in the 2014 elections, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. 

“Ending gender discrimination in pay is the number one workplace issue for American women,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “But instead of pledging to expand economic opportunity for women and families, Mitch McConnell is standing in their way. We need leaders who share the priorities of working families, and the nearly two million women who live in Kentucky are going to remember that on Election Day.” 

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