In 1963 Congress passed the Equal Pay Act so that women and men were ensured the same pay rate for the same work; however, almost 50 years later, women are still making 76 cents to every dollar made by a man. The Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced in January 2009 by then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Representative Rosa Delauro to eliminate loopholes in the Equal Pay Act—and to eliminate the wage gap between genders.
In January 2009, the Paycheck Fairness Act passed in the House of Representatives, but not through the Senate. On Wednesday, November 17, the Senate will vote again on this historic bill.
We at PeaceKeeper are asking you to join us in telling the Senate to “Vote YES!” on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Because of the pay gap, working women can lose up to one million dollars of hard-earned wages. The average working woman in America loses $500,000-$1,000,000 over her entire lifetime; that’s money that could feed an entire family for years, all lost because of wage discrimination. In the new economy, the woman’s income has become as important as the man’s; without that extra money, entire families are suffering.
With the Fairness Act, corporate pay loopholes will disappear and businesses will need a legitimate reason for paying women less than men. The act will also stop employers from intimidating their employees into staying silent about their wages, so that female workers will understand how their pay corresponds to their fellow employees without fear of losing their jobs.
Here’s what YOU can do to support the Paycheck Fairness Act:
–Sign this petition to tell Congress to make the Paycheck Fairness Act a law!
–You can research more about equal pay advocacy by using this handy Equal Pay Toolkit.
–In support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Peacekeeper has launched a light golden “Fairness Gloss,” which is perfect for all skin types. Your purchase is donated to groups for equal pay advocacy!
–Since the Act will take effect 6 months after it passes, you can act now to start your workplace moving in the right direction! Visit PeaceKeeper’s Paycheck Fairness Act page to find out more about the Act, how to research your fair wage, and more!
What are some of your experiences with the wage gap? Have you been a victim of pay discrimination? Let PeaceKeeper know in the comments section below!
The PeaceKeeper Team
(Writer: Renee Estey. Editor: Jessica Smith.
For more information about PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, visit www.iamapeacekeeper.com.)