Congress: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to Help Close Our Nation’s Punishing Wage Gap
“Our nation’s families and economy continue to suffer because of persistent wage discrimination, with moms and women of color facing the widest wage gaps and the most devastating harm. Congress must take action, and passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act would be an essential step toward protecting women from losing much-needed income to wage discrimination. Its speedy passage should be a top priority for every lawmaker.
“It is unacceptable that in the United States today, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, Native women and Latinas are paid just 57 cents, Black women just 67 cents, and Asian American and Pacific Islander women just 92 cents, with many subgroups paid much less. Moms are paid just 74 cents on the dollar compared to dads, and women overall are paid just 84 cents on the dollar compared to men. All that must change.
“The wage gap persists, year after year, because of structural racism and sexism, along with maternal discrimination. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act would be a major boost for families, for our economy, and for gender and racial equality.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“Without adequate protections, many women are afraid to speak up about the discrimination they face because they fear retaliation. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a common-sense, badly needed bill that would provide essential protections against retaliation, promote pay transparency, strengthen penalties for wage discrimination, and more. It would make it easier for workers to fight collectively for pay parity and help move us toward a future where no one is shortchanged on her paycheck due to her gender or race.
“Congress must act to make our economy more fair and successful by turning this bill into law. It’s long past time we close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, which will turn 60 this June. Wage discrimination causes real and devastating harm for families, making it harder for them to afford the rising cost of food, health care, child care, housing and more. We need Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now.”
-Statement of Taylor Austin, Campaign Manager, Workplace Justice, MomsRising