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Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

National Women's Law Center - Stop Discounting Women

The data are clear.
Women are still being paid less than men in almost every occupation. And fields dominated by women pay less than fields dominated by men. Here’s the part that really drives me crazy — women are even paid less in jobs that are dominated by women, such as nursing, teaching and waitressing.
Are you fired up?
Take a stand in support of equal pay by sharing this graphic today.

Infographic: Help Wanted - Women are still paid less than men in almost every occupation.

When our supporters share our graphics, it helps educate the public about the wage gap.
Here’s the problem: When women bring home smaller paychecks, families have less to pay for basic necessities. At a time when families are relying increasingly on women’s wages, addressing the wage gap is incredibly important.
But to do this, we need people to know about the wage gap. We have to reach beyond our core group of supporters — so that the broader public joins our efforts to close the wage gap once and for all. That’s why we need your help.
Please join us by sharing this graphic today. It’s one small thing you can do to help.
Thanks again!
Fatima Goss Graves Fatima Goss Graves Vice President for Education and Employment National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. Want to read more? Check out NWLC’s new report outlining the barriers to achieving fair pay and practical steps to close it. Also check out our new website at mywagegap.org.

Demand a Vote on the Paycheck fairness Act

National Women's Law Center - Stop Discounting Women
Write Your Representative Today
                It’s time for the House to hold an up or down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.
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Dear Carmen,
Late last week, the House of Representatives blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This was a blow to all of us who have worked so hard on policies to help close the wage gap.
But it’s not over yet! That’s right — there is a way to FORCE a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro put forward what’s called a “discharge petition” and all we need to do is get 218 Representatives to sign it in order to release the bill for a vote.
That’s where you come in. We need you to urge your Representative to stand up for fair pay by signing the “discharge petition” on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The more noise we make, the more likely we’ll reach our goal.
A vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act is long overdue. For the last decade, the typical woman who works full time, year round has made 77 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterparts. That 23-cent wage gap translates into more than $400,000 in lost wages over a woman’s lifetime.
Here’s why we need the Paycheck Fairness Act. It would:

  • Make it harder for employers to pay women less for doing the same work.
  • Prohibit unfair retaliation against employees who discuss their wages with their co-workers.
  • Guarantee that employers who break the law compensate women for the pay they are owed.

It’s time to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward. Urge your Representative to sign the discharge petition.
Thank you for all you do.

Fatima Goss Graves Fatima Goss Graves Vice President for Education and Employment National Women’s Law Center    

Working Hard for Less Money

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What the Pay Gap Means for Women & Their Families

Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the additional days into 2013 that a woman needs to work just to equal what a man made in 2012. The pay gap is real — and really persistent.

The amount that women lose as a result of the pay gap doesn’t just hurt them. Their families also pay the price for this lost income. Here’s what the median pay gap means over the course of just one year: $10,784. The total cost to a woman and her family over the course of her entire working life is staggering: $431,360.

Click through to check out an interactive version of this graphic showing how the pay gap affects women’s lives:

You can find all of our resources on equal pay HERE.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s 2013 and Congress needs to pass meaningful equal pay legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. Republicans have blocked this vital bill during the last three Congresses and it’s well past time for them to stop standing in the way of equal pay.

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Today is the Day

National Women's Law Center - Stop Discounting Women
Today is the day!
                Thank the President for his leadership on fair pay today and ask him to sign a fair pay executive order.
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Today is the day!
Equal Pay Day represents the day that the average woman’s wages finally catch up to the average man’s earnings from the year before. You read that right: we had to get more than 3 months into 2013 before women’s wages caught up with men’s from the prior year.
We need to channel our shock and anger into action or it’s not going to get any better.
That’s why we need your help RIGHT NOW! Thank the President for his leadership on fair pay today and ask him to take the next step by signing an executive order on equal pay.
The executive order would ensure that contractors who do business with the federal government cannot retaliate against workers who discuss their own pay. The order would affect over 20 percent of America‘s civilian workforce.
The bottom line is that you can’t learn if you’re being paid less if your employer can penalize you for talking about your salary. That’s the rule that applied to Lilly Ledbetter when she worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which was, you guessed it, a federal contractor. It took her nearly 20 years to find out that she was being paid as much as 40 percent less than her male co-workers. Had there been a ban on these sorts of punishing pay practices, Lilly might have learned much earlier about her lower pay.
President Obama can take steps to end retaliatory pay secrecy policies among federal contractors. Please join us by taking action today!
This is why we need your help: After a decade in which the 23-cent wage gap has not budged one penny, we must fight this issue on all fronts. That’s why we’re asking President Obama to sign the executive order. And that’s why we’re also working with our champions in Congress to pass key equal pay legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Fair Pay Act.
Thanks for your support and continued work on this important issue.

Fatima Goss Graves Fatima Goss Graves Vice President for Education and Employment National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. NWLC has released new resources for Equal Pay Day. Check out our interactive wage gap map and new fact sheets on how the wage gap hurts women and families, wage gap and women of color, and explaining the wage gap.
P.P.S. Want to take action on Facebook? Share our new graphic that explains why punitive pay secrecy policies punish employees and help hide discrimination.

Making our Voices Heard … equal pay for equal work

Here’s something I can’t imagine:

Having to tell my daughter that she may not have the same opportunities as her brother because this country elected Mitt Romney as president.

But that’s what’s on the line in this election. It seems ridiculous to me that we’re even having this discussion in 2012, but here we are: We risk progress on equal pay for equal work. We’re looking at cutbacks in childcare programs and Head Start programs. We’ll lose access to affordable health care and additional funding for higher education.

If we don’t step up and make our voices heard, we’ll pay the price after Election Day.

Women can have an enormous impact. Take a look at this video to see what I’m talking about — then pass it along to your friends:


Video: Women's Voices - Join Women for Obama

I really am so proud of President Obama. I believe that he has made important changes and he’s moving the country in the right direction, but he needs more time — he needs four more years.

We can help him win this November, but we have to vote. We have to show up, and we have to bring our friends, our moms, our sisters, and our kids to the polls with us. With only 36 days left, we’re running out of time.

That’s why I’m doing whatever I can to help spread the word. The future for me and my kids deserves nothing less.

See more about how your voice can make a difference, then share this video with your friends and family:




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