“It is nearly 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act. Now we have to ask ourselves, well, how are things going in America when it comes to equal pay? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the gap grows larger--77 cents for your daughter as opposed to a dollar for your son--when you look at the entire working population. As the father of a daughter and a son, that is unfair.” -Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, June 5, 2012
Senator Durbin is right, women making less money than men while doing the same work is unfair.
In 2013, women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns and the amount is even lower for African-American and Latina women. Over a lifetime, the gender wage gap adds up to over $480,000 in wages that are denied to a woman who is doing exactly the same work as a man. Women could use this money to pay the mortgage, to buy the groceries, to fill the gas tank, even to put kids through school.
April 9th is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year that a woman’s earnings will match what a man earned in the previous year.
Now is the time to stand up for women and their families. Tell Senator Durbin that you stand with him in his support for working women.
Thank you for consistently serving as a champion for equal pay for women. I appreciate your steadfast work in ending this gender-based discrimination. Women earning 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is unfair and there is no excuse for this workplace discrimination to continue 50 years after the Equal Pay Act became law of the land. Equal pay for equal work is essential to the growth of our economy, women’s access to economic security and for the well being of our nation’s families. I support and encourage you to continue to stand up for working women.
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