Speak up for fair pay!

Right now, Congress is deciding what to put on its agenda for the June work period so it's time for each of us to get in touch with our inner child and demand fair pay!

Tell your Senators to co-sponsor and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now!

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    Speak up for fair pay!

    Dear Friend,

    Right now, Congress is deciding what to put on its agenda for the June work period so it's time for each of us to demand fair pay!

    Tell your Senators to co-sponsor and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now!

    http://action.momsrising.org/cms/letter/fairpay_5-28-10/?referring_akid=2130.179534.Goub04&source=taf

    What would the Paycheck Fairness Act do? It would:

    * Empower women to negotiate for equal pay;
    * Strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts;
    * Create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law;
    * 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.

    Fair pay is especially critical in this tough economy because more and more women are the sole breadwinners in their families. On the whole, women working full-time, year-round make an average of 77 cents to every dollar that men make.[1]

    Mothers are particularly hard-hit by the wage gap. Moms have an increased wage hit and still make only 73 cents to every dollar that men make, while single mothers make even less at about 60 cents to every dollar that men make. [2] And given equal resumes and job experiences mothers are offered $11,000 lower starting salaries than non-mothers.[3]

    This pay gap means that the average woman loses $700,000 in pay due to gender discrimination in her lifetime. For women of color, this number can be even higher.[4] That's a lot of cash that would come in handy right now for America's families.

    The Paycheck Fairness Act has already passed the House, and the President stands ready to sign it, so the ball is in the Senate's court.

    Tell your Senators: Women and families can't wait for fair pay. Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now!

    http://action.momsrising.org/cms/letter/fairpay_5-28-10/?referring_akid=2130.179534.Goub04&source=taf

    And please forward this message on to your friends and family. The more people who send letters in now using MomsRising's easy 1-click link, the faster the Paycheck Fairness Act will move forward.

    Thanks!


    [1] U.S. Census http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty08.html and National Women's Law Center Factsheet http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/PayEquityFactSheetFinal.pdf

    [2] Jane Waldfogel, “Understanding the ‘Family Gap’ in Pay for Women with Children,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 12, no. 1 (1998): 137-56.

    [3] Franklin Crawford, “Motherhood and the math factor: Sociologist Shelley Correll exposes biases that affect women in business and academia,” Chronicle Online http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Feb07/SS.Focus.Correll.html

    [4] National Committee on Pay Equity, “The Wage Gap Over Time: In Real Dollars, Women See a Continuing Gap” http://www.pay-equity.org/info-time.html

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