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On Equal Pay Day EMILY’s List Calls Out Shelley Moore Capito for Opposing Equal Pay for Women

Capito Not On the Side of West Virginia Women and Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, denounced Shelley Moore Capito, candidate for Senate in West Virginia, for her opposition to policies that fight to end gender discrimination in pay. Capito is running against West Virginia’s Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Capito voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 and Paycheck Fairness in 2008.

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, Shelley Moore Capito would stand in their way. We need leaders in Washington who share the priorities of working families, and the more than 754,000 women in West Virginia are going to remember that on Election Day.” 

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