Women deserve equal pay for equal work!

Women continue to earn less than men. In 2012, the last year for which we have data, women earned 76.5 cents for each dollar earned by a man—a figure which has remained essentially unchanged since 2001. The statistics for women of color are even more staggering, with African American women earning 64 cents and Latinas only 54 cents for each dollar earned by a white man.

WorkThis practice is bad for women, bad for families, and bad for our local economies.

April 8 is recognized as Equal Pay Day because it marks the date a woman’s salary finally catches up with a man’s salary from the previous year. Additional “Equal Pay Days” throughout the year mark the even higher discrepancies for particular groups of women: June 12 for mothers, July 16 for African American women, and November 12 for Latinas. The Senate voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act earlier this year, which would have taken a critical step in the right direction to eliminate the gender wage gap.

Act now! Urge your Senators to vote in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The most blatant forms of pay discrimination based on gender are illegal, but current law is too narrow to serve as an effective deterrent or tool for enforcement. The Paycheck Fairness Act would help narrow the gender pay gap by closing some of the loopholes in current law and give employees the legal tools they need to challenge the wage gap itself. Specifically, the PFA would:

President Obama has signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries. We must extend these same basic privileges to all working women!

As faithful advocates, we know we must respond to the command in Leviticus 19:13, “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.” Join us in taking action  - Ask your Senators to continue to shed light on the issue with each passing Equal Pay Day by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act!

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