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Today is Women's Equality Day and We're Still Not Equal
In 2015, many women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. This persistent inequity means that women earn less for their whole careers—and since Social Security benefits reflect one’s earnings, it means that women fall behind there, too. This isn’t fair, and it’s time to address this disparity at its root—by finally ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and closing the gender pay gap.
In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would provide a path to reliable economic and retirement security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. 43 years later, 35 states have ratified the ERA – leaving us three states short of full ratification.
Tell the states standing in the way of economic security for families that enough is enough! Today is Women's Equality Day and it is long past time to guarantee economic equality for women by putting it in the Constitution. Did you know that every Constitution written since World War II contains a clause that says men and women are of equal stature under the law? Our US Constitution contains no such statement.
The "gender tax" or gender pay gap negatively impacts both earning potential and retirement security. While experts disagree on the size and causes of the gender pay gap, no one can dispute that it exists, and that women’s economic security is damaged.
91% of people think men and women should be equal under the Constitution. Stand with People Demanding Action and demand that states do the right thing and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
P.S. If you live in Metro DC, join me tomorrow at 12 noon tomorrow to welcome Helene Swanson in Upper Senate Park. Helene has walked 7,000 miles across the country for the ERA. The Press Conference is at noon and the rally is at 1pm.
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