The Paycheck Fairness Act will be coming up for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday, and Republicans have continually opposed the bill, which would provide incentives to help equalize pay for men and women and encourage employers not to discriminate. The bill has come up numerous times, and if Republicans are serious about NOT engaging in a war on women, they would certainly support the bill.
Annie’s “uninhibited dreams for the future” collided with the reality that women in the United States make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, and in some professions, specifically high-paying careers, that disparity is much higher. Although nearly halfof all workers in the United States are women, we tend to hold lower-paying jobs overall, even when we have the exact same title as men.
This week, the Senate again takes up the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Act has been introduced in Congress over and over for more than a dozen years, and lawmakers now have yet another opportunity to do right by millions of working women. Last time the Paycheck Fairness Act came up in the Senate, Republicans unanimously voted againstthe bill. Tuesday’s vote will show whether many in the Republican Party are really serious when they say they are not conducting a war against women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help close the pay gap more by providing incentives for employers not to discriminate. The Act, S.3220/H.R. 1519, requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work and closes the loopholes of the 1963 Equal Pay Act.
Moms Rising is calling on people to contact their senators to vote the right way on the act:
I'm writing to you as a voter in your state and as a member of MomsRising to urge you to support equal pay by voting YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act and becoming a co-sponsor too. The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers.
In this tough economy, more and more families are counting on women's earnings. Unfair pay practices make things even harder, especially for those families who rely solely on female earnings. Now is the time for Congress to take the steps necessary to effectively address wage discrimination and eliminate loopholes that have undermined the Equal Pay Act's effectiveness. Again, I urge you to support equal pay by voting YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act and becoming a co-sponsor too.