Albuquerque, N.M. – On Equal Pay Day, today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico commended President Obama for designating the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument and highlighted the need to continue to fight for equal pay.
“The Sewall-Belmont House is a gem that honors women’s fight for equality in this country, and I commend the President for ensuring it will be around for future generations to learn from,” Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Debra Haaland said. “It is particularly significant that the President chose Equal Pay Day to designate this monument, highlighting the fact that we still have work to do. It is troubling that women still have to work almost 16 months to earn what men earn in 12 months. What’s more troubling is that women in New Mexico suffer an even larger pay gap. Democrats are committed to ensuring we have equal pay in this country, no matter where you come from, and as we move forward creating an economy that works for all New Mexicans is a top priority.”
Formerly known as the Sewall-Belmont House, the location designated as a national monument today served as the headquarters of the historic National Women’s Party in Washington, D.C. Today, it is museum that tells the compelling story of a community of women who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s rights.
Equal Pay Day is the date in the current year that represents the extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work just to make the same as a typical man did in the previous year. On average, women in New Mexico make 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. The national average is 79 cents.
More information on today’s national monument designation and Equal Pay Day is available here.