Exciting news! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation – the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84) – as soon as next week.
Tell your Senators that it’s time to end pay discrimination. You can also join the Feminist Majority for a Twitter storm in support of equal pay from 2-3 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 8. Our hashtag is #NoMadMenPay!
Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less. Black women make just 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The pay gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers – impacting the ability of women to provide for their families and care for their loved ones. But it’s not just about wages. The pay gap also cuts into women’s Social Security, pensions, and retirement. Enough is enough.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to require employers to demonstrate that any pay differences between men and women doing the same work are based on legitimate business reasons, and not based on sex. The Act would also end pay secrecy by prohibiting retaliation against employees who share salary information.
Women aren’t living in a “Mad Men” episode, and we deserve equal pay. Let’s get it done.