Feminist Majority

Talk to Your Senator About Their Vote on the PFA!

Every single Senate Republican present last week voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) from advancing to an up-or-down vote. Although a majority of Americans support equal pay for women, Senate Republicans – just one day after Equal Pay Day – stood in the way of progress toward eliminating the gender wage gap. This is unacceptable. Contact your senators today and let them know how you feel about their votes of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Thank your senators if they supported the bill, and if they voted along party lines against equal pay for women, tell them that we will not rest until the gender wage gap is closed.

Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women of color in particular are hard hit by the gender wage gap. Black women earn just 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The gender wage gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers – impacting the ability of women to support themselves, provide for their families, and care for their loved ones. But it’s not just about the wages. The pay gap also affects women’s Social Security, pensions, and retirement.

Enough is enough.

The Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step to achieving equal pay for women. The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by prohibiting retaliation against employees who reveal and discuss wages with co-workers; requiring employers to provide the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with pay data by sex, race, and national origin of their employees; facilitating the ability to file class action lawsuits in equal pay actions; and strengthening remedies for pay discrimination.

Let your senators know that you support closing the gender wage gap. The fight is not over until women stop getting shortchanged and cheated on pay day.