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The Fight for Pay Equity Goes On!

June 10 marks 51 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act and yet, for every dollar a man earns women with comparable education and experience only make only 77 cents. This costs the average American woman $700,000 to $2 million in lost wages over a working lifetime. The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed in 2013 that the gender wage gap has not changed in over a decade. America's women are worth more and they deserve better!

On April 9, the Paycheck Fairness act failed to receive the necessary 60 votes in order for the legislation to move forward. However, the fight for pay equity goes on! See below to message you Senators based on their votes.*

The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377 & S. 84/S. 2199) would update pay equity regulations by requiring justification for pay disparities between male and female employees doing the same job, and by instituting penalties for discrimination similar to those on the basis of race and national origin. Click her to view the recent Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Countless workers are unaware that they are receiving unequal pay because they could be fired for discussing wages with colleagues. January 29 marked the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Lilly was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire for 19 years and was—without her knowledge—systematically paid less than male supervisors at her level. Allowing employees to openly discuss salaries, without fear of losing their jobs, would greatly help female employees learn whether or not they are being paid fairly. Paycheck Fairness Act would also bar retaliation against employees who disclose their own wages to coworkers.

On April 8—Equal Pay Day—President Obama signed an executive order to address this issue for employees of federal contractors. Click here to thank President Obama for issuing the executive order and see below to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. Every year, on a Tuesday in April, Equal Pay Day draws attention to the extra months it takes for a woman’s wages to catch up to her male colleagues. Hadassah, a longtime member of the National Committee on Pay Equity, strongly supports the adoption and strict enforcement of legislation to eliminate employment discrimination, reduce the gender wage gap and ensure better economic security for women.

*As a procedural move, Senator Harry Reid voted against cloture for the Paycheck Fairness Act but is a supporter of this legislation. Senators Tom Coburn, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz did not vote.

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