Press Release

NWLC Expresses Deep Concern at Nomination of Diana Furchtgott-Roth to Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Position

(Washington, D.C.) On October 31, 2017, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is scheduled to hold its confirmation hearing for Diana Furchtgott-Roth as Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center:

“The National Women’s Law Center has serious concerns about the nomination of Diana Furchtgott-Roth to serve as Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Furchtgott-Roth routinely distorts data to argue against legal protections for women’s rights at work and elsewhere. Furchtgott-Roth argues there is no gender wage gap and that it is unnecessary to strengthen equal pay laws or improve enforcement of existing laws—despite the undeniable fact that gender gaps appear in almost every occupation even when correcting for factors such as education and experience. She has asserted sexual harassment laws breed “employer overreaction,” and implied that workplace sexual harassment is over-reported, despite significant data indicating that the majority of women who experience sexual harassment never make a formal complaint. Top research positions in our government should be filled by public servants who are committed to principled, rigorous analysis. Unfortunately, Furchtgott-Roth’s record shows she is far too ready to offer up political ideology in place of this analytical work.”


For immediate release:  October 27, 2017
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The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.  The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.  For more information on the Center, visit:

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