DNC on Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
November 30, 2023
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DNC Native Caucus Chair Clara Pratte, and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following statement recognizing Native American Women Equal Pay Day:
“Today marks Native American Women Equal Pay Day, recognizing the extra days, weeks, and months Native American women work to match the average annual earnings of their white male counterparts. Native American women earn only 55 cents for every dollar earned by white non-Hispanic males, perpetuating generational disparities in economic security. All Americans are entitled to equal pay for equal work, and as a nation, we must continue to fight for pay equity for all.
“Recognizing this wage gap is essential not just for Native American women but for the wellbeing of their families, their communities, and the entire country. Native women are knowledge keepers and the matrilineal backbone of tribal communities. Strengthening them bolsters all aspects of Native American success. President Biden and Democrats remain dedicated to protecting the dignity of work for all and have been steadfast in their efforts to close gender and racial pay gaps, ensure economic security, and expand opportunities for Native American women all across the country. As Democrats, we celebrate the pivotal roles that Native American women have played in our nation’s history and will continue fighting until they are able to access the opportunity and equity they deserve.”