Over the last couple of months, Hadassah’s Advocacy
Department has been closely following the Paycheck Fairness Act. Hadassah is a long-time member of the
National Committee on Pay Equity and recently co-signed a letter to the Senate
to show support for this legislation.
Hadassah strongly supports the adoption and strict enforcement of equal
pay laws to reduce the wage gap and ensure better economic security for women.
Thanks to the advocacy of Hadassah’s Email Action Network
and our partner organizations, the Paycheck Fairness Act is on the move. Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a petition, enabling a cloture
vote (a vote to end debate) after the Senate reconvenes on November 15. Fifty-nine Senators have pledged their
support for this legislation, but sixty votes are required to break cloture
(prevent a filibuster). In order
to secure that final supporter, advocacy efforts are focusing on Senator Scott
Brown from Massachusetts, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins from Maine,
and the winner of special elections in Delaware, Illinois and West
Similar legislation has been in Congress for the last 10
years, but it has never been this close to passage before. Many predict that if the legislation does
not pass this session, there may not be an opportunity for a vote for another
decade. The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination
by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and by barring retaliation against
workers who disclose their wages to coworkers. Call your Senators at
1-877-667-6650 and urge them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this session!