Sending Office: Honorable Jackie Speier
Sent By:
Mia.Mazer@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsors (51): Reps. Reed, Dingell, Bonamici, Wasserman Schultz, Chu, Cicilline, Maloney (NY-12), Moore, Cohen, Norton, Meng, Brownley, Grijalva, Lofgren, McNerney, Schakowsky, McGovern, Titus, Khanna, Raskin, Castor, Johnson
Jr., Eshoo, Napolitano, Velazquez, Jayapal, Beyer, Lowenthal, Cisneros Jr., Jackson Lee, Haaland, Watson Coleman, DeLauro, Lee, Ryan, Lawrence, Kelly, Roybal-Allard, Kildee, Espaillat, Dean, Torres, Rush, Pocan, Ocasio-Cortez, Thompson, Malinowski, Lawson,
Green, Frankel, Fitzpatrick

 

Dear Colleague:

In 1994, the California Assembly Office of Research conducted a study that found that women pay a “gender tax” of $1,351/year for the same services as men. I subsequently sponsored the “Repeal the Gender Tax Act” in the California Assembly, which passed
in 1996 and required that prices for services like dry cleaning and haircuts be determined by the amount of time needed to do the job, not by gender.

In December of 2015, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs conducted a study on the gender-pricing of goods marketed to both men and women.
It compared nearly 800 products from more than 90 brands sold at two dozen retailers, both online and in stores. The study found that women’s products cost up to 13% more than similar products for men. In all but 5 of the 35 product categories analyzed, products
for female consumers were priced higher than those for male consumers.

Women in the U.S. who work full-time are typically paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts (61 cents for Black women, 58 cents for Native women, and 53 cents for Latinas). Asian women are paid only 85 cents for every dollar,
but the wage gap is substantially larger for some subgroups of Asian/Pacific Islander women, with some groups making just over half of what white men make. This means income losses from “gender tax” schemes are even more financially damaging than the raw numbers
indicate.

To address this discriminatory practice, I urge you to cosponsor The Pink Tax Repeal Act, H.R. 2048. The text of the bill is the same as H.R. 5464 from the 115th Congress.
For questions or to become a cosponsor, please email Mia Mazer with my office at
Mia.Mazer@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

                  Jackie Speier                 

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