Close the Pay Gap!

Federally Employed Women Leaders, Regional Managers and Legislative Chairs are asking our many members to contact their legislators and urge them to co-sponsor and support the Paycheck Fairness Act which has been introduced in the Senate and soon will be introduced in the House.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which just barely failed to pass the Senate last year (despite holding the support of a majority of Senators!), would have helped to close the gender pay gap by updating our 48 year-old fair pay laws, closing loopholes and prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages. But we are not giving up and Sen. Mikulski (D-MD) has reintroduced the measure in the Senate this past week. Now we are asking Senators to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 862)!

Despite the fact that women comprise almost half of the nation’s workforce, they still earn only 77 cents per every dollar earned by their male counterparts. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, nearly 60 percent of women would earn more if working women were paid the same as men and the poverty rate for women would be cut in half among working women. This pay gap translates into a loss of over $400,000 during her career compared to what her male colleague earns doing the same work.

Additionally, despite the fact that the federal government uses a General Schedule pay system that is supposed to be gender neutral, there is an 11-cent disparity between men and women in the federal workforce, according to the Government Accountability Office. Of that amount, 7-cents cannot be explained by differences in education, years of service or any other non-discriminatory factor.

It’s time to remind Congress who elected them: tell your members to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act! Get involved in this important issue and help ensure that women receive full and equal rights in our nation. We can make a difference. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact FEW’s Washington Representative at 703-528-7822 or janetk@few.org.

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