“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.