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June 10 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, and yet for every dollar a man earns, women with comparable education and experience make only 77 cents—costing the average American woman $700,000 to $2 million in lost wages over a working lifetime.
The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed in 2012 that the gender wage gap has not changed in over a decade. America's women are worth more and they deserve better.
Legislation from Congress is needed, but President Obama can take a major step to support pay equity today! Thank President Obama for his leadership on pay equity and urge him to issue an executive order barring retaliatory pay secrecy policies for federal contractors.
Countless workers are unaware that they are receiving unequal pay because they could be fired for discussing wages with colleagues. An executive order allowing employees of federal contractors to discuss their salaries without fear of losing their jobs is essential to helping women learn whether or not they are being paid fairly. This order would impact over 20 percent of the civilian workforce and lay the groundwork for broader reaching pay equity policies moving forward.
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.
Click here to also contact Congress in support of pay equity legislation.
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