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This morning, MomsRising moms were in action in Washington, D.C.

These brave MOMs -- wearing sashes saying "Magnificently Overqualified Mother" -- just delivered nearly 9,000 resumes to Senator John McCain in support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act [1].

Help amplify their message by telling your Senators about our special resume delivery to Senator McCain today, and take this moment to ask them to bring up the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act again and to vote YES!

You may remember that when this Act came up for a vote several weeks ago, Senator McCain said it wasn't needed because what women really needed to achieve pay equity is "education and training." Then the Act failed to move by just 3 votes. These resumes are being delivered in order to show Senator McCain that America actually has a broad and deep pool of highly qualified, trained, and utterly capable women who deserve equal pay for equal work -- not the 73 cents on the dollar that mothers make, and certainly not the 60 cents on the dollar that single mothers make.

Click below for a sample letter, which you can edit, that will automatically be sent to your two Senators with one-click of your mouse:

Emailing your Senator today will show the Senate that there is a groundswell of support for this essential legislation, and will also provide a big boost of e-backup for our people on the ground in Washington, DC today!

In fact, feel free to pump up the volume on the e-backup for our moms on-the ground in D.C. by asking your friends and family to take action too!

Sincerely, -- Joan, Katie, Kristin, and the Team

[1] About the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Lilly Ledbetter, a manager at Goodyear Tires, endured pay discrimination (and thus the loss of significant wages) during her 19 years of employment-just for being a woman. The Supreme Court ruled against Ledbetter, saying that pay discrimination claims must be made within 180 days after the pay is set. This is an unjust standard because most people don't know how much their coworkers make, and so would have no way of discovering pay discrimination. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would fix this Supreme Court decision and restore the right of women and minorities to recover lost wages due to discrimination, as originally protected by the Civil Rights Act.

p.s. Check out this great New York Times editorial, "Pass the Fair Pay Act," April 23, 2008.

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