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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.

so, Republican constituents don’t need Pay Equity

In America, women make 78 cents for every dollar men make for doing the same job. Sign the petition.

I can’t help but wonder what their constituents will say.

I just got back from the floor of the Senate, where Republicans yet again decided to put their own political interests ahead of the rights of women by blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act.

President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act nearly 40 ago, but loopholes still remain that have allowed women in America to be paid an average of 78 cents for every dollar men make doing the same job.

It’s an injustice. It’s unthinkable that there are elected leaders who think pay equity isn’t an issue and voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act today.

Join me in speaking out and voice your support for equal pay for equal work with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

When wage discrimination exists, working families are hit the worst with many dependent on a mother’s income. If we continue to do nothing, over the course of a lifetime, women in America will earn an average $434,000 less than their male counterparts.

That’s an average of about $10,000 per year, or about the same amount of money costs to feed a family of four for the year.

Sign our petition and share why you believe women deserve equal pay for equal work.

While conservative Republicans in the Senate have blocked the bill again (as they have for more than 10 years), our fight is not over. I am deeply committed to working with my colleagues on finally eliminating the wage gap between men and women.

Paycheck fairness impacts everyone. That’s why I ask you to continue to speak out and give voice to the Paycheck Fairness Act by sharing your story about why we need equal pay for equal work.

Share your story about why you support equal pay for equal work.

For me, I look at my three kids – Michael, Jack and Maggie – three equally incredible and bright children. I don’t want Maggie and girls like her across the country to grow up in a world where they’ll earn less if they choose the same career track as their brothers.

With paycheck fairness, we can make sure when all our daughters enter the workforce, they’ll receive the equal pay they deserve. We won’t let today’s vote stop our progress.


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It’s time to do something about unequal pay

Last month, Wisconsin repealed its Equal Pay Enforcement Act. In the run-up to that vote, a state legislator said:

“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.”

Oh, really?

Women aren’t breadwinners? And it’s okay to discriminate because women are expecting to be taken care of? So much so that Wisconsin doesn’t need a strong fair pay law?

Sorry, pal; Wisconsin DOES need better fair pay laws — in fact, women across the nation need stronger fair pay laws. We need the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797).

In the next few weeks, we expect a vote on this important bill. The vote could come at any moment, so we need you to contact your Senators today. Tell your senators to support fair pay: Cosponsor and support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797)!

The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to coworkers. Without this bill, employers can penalize and even fire employees for talking about their salaries. This egregious practice leaves workers in the dark, preventing them from ever finding out about pay discrimination in the workplace.

So send a message today to help make unequal pay a thing of the past! To send a message, visit AAUW Two-Minute Activist or click on the “Take Action” link in the upper right hand corner of this email.

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Forty-Nine Years and 77 Cents … Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

Here’s a “fun” fact for you: 49 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women working full-time are paid just 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. And the wage gap is far worse for women of color.

Earlier this week, we asked you to urge President Obama to ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about their wages. But that’s only one front in women’s struggle to achieve equal pay for equal work. Will you help?

Please donate $10 today to support the Center’s work on Paycheck Fairness and other issues important to women and their families.

With millions of Americans still unemployed or underemployed, the wage gap isn’t a question of equity alone: closing it is an economic necessity. The Center is pushing hard to revive the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill stalled by a determined minority of opponents in the last Congress. Among many other economic issues, we’re also fighting for increases in the minimum wage and for funding for the child care support so vital for women with children who work outside the home.

Please donate $10 today to support the Center’s work to eliminate the wage gap and push for other policies critical to women and their families.

Without you and the other members of our activist community, we wouldn’t be able to advocate as effectively as we do. Can you take an extra step today? Please donate $10 to support the Center’s work. Thank you for all the help you give.


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

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