By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center

For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act – which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week.

Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA)? It would update the 50-year-old law by providing incentives to employers to pay women fairly. It also would ban employers from retaliating against their employees who choose to share salary information with their coworkers.

It’s time for Congress to stand up for the rights of working women and to advance fair pay! The PFA is pending in the 112th Congress, with a vote expected in the Senate on June 5. It has twice passed the House, and it fell just two votes short of a Senate vote on its merits in the last Congress. This is a commonsense bill that would help women and their families – especially in this tough economy.

So please join us in supporting the PFA today! Start by calling you Senators today and urge them to vote for it. After you’ve called, read and share the blog posts below. We’ll be tweeting about this blog carnival all day with the hashtag #HERvotes and we encourage you to join us!

#HERvotes, a multi-organization campaign launched in August 2011, advocates women using our voices and votes to stop the attacks on the women’s movement’s major advances, many of which are at risk in the next election.

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

Read More:
I Didn’t Get Equal Pay. You Should– Lilly Ledbetter, via AAUW
Advancing Paycheck Fairness for Latinas means Advancing Immigrant and Reproductive Rights– Natalie D. Camastra, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Restoring Some Reality to the Paycheck Fairness Debate– Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center
Paycheck Fairness Makes the Political Personal– Alison Channon, National Women’s Law Center
Closing the Wage Gap Is About Fairness, Not Magic!– Samantha Lint, National Women’s Law Center
NASW Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act– National Association of Social Workers
If Our College Graduates Can’t Fight For Fair Pay, Who Can? (PDF) – Jamie Dolkas, Equal Rights Advocates
Salary Negotiation, Powerful Women and the Wage Gap– Katherine Birdsall, Feminist Majority Foundation
Raise the Minimum Wage and Narrow the Wage Gap– Abby Lane, National Women’s Law Center
Paycheck Fairness Does Not Have to be an Oxymoron– Malak Yusuf, Wider Opportunities for Women
America’s Women and Families Deserve a Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act– Sarah Crawford, National Partnership for Women & Families
The Facts Behind the Call for Equal Pay– Christine Miranda, NOW
Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy– Caitlin Highland, Feminist Majority Foundation
Stimulate the Economy: Pay Women Fairly– Linda Meric, 9to5, National Association of Working Women
HERvotes Blog Carnival: Equal Pay and the Single Woman– Elisabeth Gehl, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
The Wage Gap: Collective Change, Not Choice– Maggie Fridinger, National Council of Women’s Organizations
The Paycheck Fairness Act: Telling the Truth About Workforce Equality – Dani Nispel, National Council of Women’s Organizations
Paycheck Equality: It’s Not a Suggestion, It’s the Law– Anny Bolgiano, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Women of Color, the Wage Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act– Katherine Birdsall, Feminist Majority Foundation
A Jewish Call for Equal Pay– Ian Hainline & Katharine Nasielski, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Justice for Working Women– Miri Cypers, Jewish Women International
The Paycheck Fairness Act: For When Women are Old and Broke– Kate McGuinness, Fem2.0
The Relationship Between Unequal Pay and Other Forms of Gender Discrimination- Debra Miller, Feminist Majority Foundation

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