According to US Census statistics on average, full-time working women earned 78 cents to every dollar earned by men. That is right - women working earn 22% less than their male counterparts. The figures are even worse for women of color with Black women only earning 66 cents and Latinas 54 cents on the dollar. Over a lifetime of work this loss adds up. On average, women lose out on $9,575 per year and $434,000 in a lifetime due to the wage gap.
Did you know that April 28, 2009 was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year.
Legislation is needed to close the persistent gap between men’s and women’s wages. The Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 12/S 182) will strengthen the Equal Pay Act closing loopholes and strengthening penalties to guarantee that women workers are not shortchanged solely because of their gender. Join working women advocates across the country to educate women and men about pay inequity and demand passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Check out this blog to learn about author JoAnn Smith Ainsworth’s 40 year tale of unequal pay and much more, http://youngwomenmisbehavin.com/category/pay-equity/
In the first 100 days of Obama's term much has been done for working women for which we can be grateful including:
- Thank you for signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will ensure that women subject to wage discrimination will get their day in court and is an important step towards closing the persistent and sizable wage gap that remains between men and women. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act rights the wrongs done by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., reinstating previous rules protecting workers and ensuring people who have been discriminated against can seek vindication in a timely matter.
- Thank you for creating the White House Council for Women and Girls.
- Thank you for making sure women and families were provided for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Thank you for securing working woman Hilda Solis as head of the Department of Labor.
- Thank you for instating workplace flexibility as a key tenant in the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families.
Much more is needed. Eliminating the wage gap is good for families and for business. Join me in passionately pursuing the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act!