|It’s down to the wire.
We need your help to ensure that as many Members of Congress as possible sign on as co-sponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act by Equal Pay Day on Tuesday.
On Equal Pay Day, some politicians talk a good game about their support of equal pay without actually endorsing the policies that would help close the wage gap. We need to send a clear message that empty talk is not enough. We need our Members of Congress to take a firm stand by publicly supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is a strong bill to address the wage gap on multiple fronts.
What would the Paycheck Fairness Act do?
This bill would deter wage discrimination by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act, including by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to co-workers—such as firing employees for talking about their salaries. And new this year, the bill would also prohibit employers from seeking a job applicant’s salary history so that pay discrimination will no longer follow women and people of color from job to job.
It’s time for our Members of Congress to do more than say nice things about equal pay.
Tuesday, April 4, is Equal Pay Day this year. It marks the day that the typical woman’s wages finally catch up to those of her male counterparts from the previous year. With the Paycheck Fairness Act, we can start to close the gap. Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill today.
Thanks for joining We the Resistance’s fight to achieve equal pay.
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1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
1814 – The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris.
1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1903 – Revolutionary activity in the Dominican Republic brought U.S. troops to Santo Domingo to protect American interests.
1905 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was chosen to mediate in the Russo-Japanese peace talks.
1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1939 – The comic book “Detective Comics #27” appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman.
1940 – The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1944 – The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 – The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1947 – Lord Mountbatten arrived in India as the new Viceroy.
1950 – The invention of the phototransistor was announced.
1950 – U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1957 – Tunisia and Morocco signed a friendship treaty in Rabat.
1958 – The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its initial performance.
1964 – “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
1970 – “Applause” opened on Broadway.
1970 – “Another World – Somerset” debuted on NBC-TV.
1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 – As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 – The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 – In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 – Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 – An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 – Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.
2009 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would be officially known by its legal name of “One World Trade Center.”
1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon.
1638 – First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.
1847 – U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1848 – Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.
1867 – The British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
1882 – The Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the State of Connecticut.
1901 – The first federal elections were held in Australia.
1903 – A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless.
1906 – In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
1913 – The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
1916 – The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1932 – Jack Benny made his radio debut.
1936 – Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar.
1941 – The British sank five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.
1943 – In the U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
1946 – Fiorella LaGuardia became the director general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Organization.
1946 – Gold Coast became the first British colony to hold an African parliamentary majority.
1951 – The Chinese reject MacArthur’s offer for a truce in Korea.
1951 – In the United States, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed in June 19, 1953.
1962 – Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1962 – Jack Paar made his final appearance on the “Tonight” show.
1966 – Leonid Brezhnev became the First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounced the American policy in Vietnam and called it one of aggression.
1967 – France launched its first nuclear submarine.
1971 – Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
1973 – “Hommy,” the Puerto Rican version of the rock opera “Tommy,” opened in New York City.
1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
1974 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
1982 – The soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” changed from CBS to NBC.
1983 – Erno Rubik was granted a patent for his Magic Cube. (U.S. Patent 4,378,116)
1986 – A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
1987 – Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.
1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.
1993 – The South Korean government agreed to pay financial support to women who had been forced to have sex with Japanese troops during World War II.
1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film “Unforgiven.”
1998 – Tennessee won the woman’s college basketball championship over Louisiana. Tennessee had set a NCAA record with regular season record or 39-0.
1999 – At least 87 people died in an earthquake in India’s Himalayan foothills.
1999 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.
2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO.
2010 – In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower became the tallest structure in Japan when it reached 1,109 feet.