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It was on Sunday that the average earnings of Black women in the United States FINALLY equaled the average earnings of white men in 2013.

It is July. We’re now 7 months into 2014 – in fact, it’s almost August. That means Black women had to work for more than 19 months to earn what white men earned in 12 months because Black women currently make only 64 cents to a white man's dollar.

That's not fair. And it's most certainly not okay.

Your voice is needed now to bring this issue forward. The more of us who speak up, the faster we'll get to solutions.

We need the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the women and mothers’ wage gap—and we need it yesterday. Tell your members of Congress that you want them to support this vital economic security legislation: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/fairpay_2014/

Black women, including black mothers with small children, are overwhelmingly likely to be in the labor force. But despite that, in 2012 Black women, working full time, year round, made only .64 for every dollar that white men made. This translates to a loss of nearly $19,000 dollars annually.

It's time to right this wrong!

*Don't forget to sign now and tell your members of Congress that you want them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/fairpay_2014/

What would the bill do? Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step in our campaign to close the wage gap. We need the Paycheck Fairness Act, because among other things, it would prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who discuss salaries with colleagues and requires employers to prove that pay differences exist for legitimate, job-related reasons.

After you sign on, please post this action link on Facebook, Twitter, and share this blogpost with friends and family so they can take action too. All of our voices are needed in order to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward.

P.S. Have you suffered from pay discrimination, or know someone who has? Share your story here! http://www.momsrising.org/member_stories/topic/pay-discrimination-stories/

P.P.S. Need to laugh so you don’t cry? Check out and share our Buzzfeed article on the 7 ways that today looks like an episode of Mad Men. http://www.buzzfeed.com/momsrising/7-ways-that-1960s-madmen-looks-like-2014-htro


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