In honor of National Pay Equity Day, we are asking for the United States Senate to finish the job of achieving equal pay for women. It is time to make the Paycheck Fairness Act law. Congress passed the original Equal Pay Act in 1963 to end the “serious and endemic problem” of unequal wages. Forty-seven years later, women make only 78 cents on the dollar as compared to men. Women of color are even worse off, and unmarried women have an average annual household salary that is almost $12,000 lower than unmarried men. It is clear that the Act in its current form has not done enough to fix the problem.
We have a moral obligation to face this continuing pay inequity head-on. Today, we stand together in urging the United States Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law.
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