Speedy Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act Should Be High Priority for the New Congress
“No woman should be shortchanged on her paycheck because of her gender or race – but, in fact, that happens to millions of women and moms right here in the United States every single day. The gap between the wages paid to women of color and moms and those paid to white men and dads is huge, punitive and shameful. Right now in this country, Latinas are paid just 53 cents, Native American women 58 cents, Black women 61 cents, and Asian women 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Moms are typically paid just 69 cents for every dollar paid to dads. Overall, women in this country make just 80 cents to a man’s dollar.
“We simply must address the wage gap, which is causing grave and lasting damage to women, families, our economy and our country. The Paycheck Fairness Act will help eliminate the bias and discriminatory practices that are driving down women’s wages and forcing too many hard-working families into poverty. We need Congress to pass this essential bill, to increase pay transparency and strengthen penalties for wage discrimination. More than 50 years after the Equal Pay Act became law, and a decade after enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Congress must take the next step. America’s moms want and expect the new Congress to make speedy passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act a top priority.”
--Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“We welcome today’s introduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would go a long way toward eliminating the wage gap, giving everyone a chance to succeed and strengthening our economy by boosting working families. This essential legislation would: deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations and by prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages; empower women to negotiate for equal pay; strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts; and create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law.
“We also need family-friendly workplace policies – including paid family and medical leave, earned sick days, affordable child care and a living wage – to help close the wage gap and boost our economy.
“America’s moms are looking to the most female, most diverse Congress in history to pass this essential bill. We won’t wait any longer for the fair wages we deserve.”
--Statement of Ruth Martin, Vice President, Workplace Justice Campaigns, MomsRising