Mom Advocate Praises Recommendations to Strengthen and Enforce Equal Pay Laws, Urges Rapid Implementation
July 20, 2010
STATEMENT OF Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, MomsRising, On the Recommendations Of the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force
"MomsRising and moms across the country today are hopeful that federal agencies and the U.S. Congress will act quickly to implement the recommendations developed by the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force and announced today by the Vice President’s White House Middle-Class Task Force and the White House Council on Women and Girls.
“Women make up nearly half the workforce and some 80 percent of women will be moms by the time they’re in their forties. It’s time moms truly got a fair deal in the workplace. The Task Force’s recommendations will go a long way to making that happen.
“Today’s workplace policies are still decades behind the realities of the lives of working parents. Too many women – especially moms who more frequently experience wage discrimination – are not earning wages that compare to their equally situated male colleagues. On average, women working full time year-round make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, mothers make 73 cents to a man’s dollar, and women of color experience increased wage hits. Too many employers find it easy to discriminate against moms not only when it comes to pay, but also in hiring and promotions. And too many employees don’t really know what their rights are with regard to stopping workplace discrimination.
“Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which the Task Force today encouraged, could be an important step in making change, as would a better understanding of the private workforce’s pay structures.
“MomsRising also applauds the White House’s effort to start a national dialogue about workplace flexibility and to encourage communities to come together to make changes.
“Moms work and they work hard. Three-quarters of mothers are in the contemporary labor force. Every day, we hear from members who are trying to do their best by their employers and their families but find it a struggle. Today they got the message that someone has heard their voices and will work alongside them to help align our workplaces and our pay with the reality of modern family life.”