Tell Your Senators How You Feel about Equal Pay Vote!
On April 9, the Senate voted along party lines to once more prevent the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199/S. 84) from receiving an up-or-down vote. Even though a majority of senators support this common-sense legislation, the bill was blocked by procedural rules and partisan bickering.
This is so frustrating! But in times like these, we don't give up – we double down.
Your senators need to hear how you feel about their votes. If they supported the bill, thank them for standing on the right side of history, and strengthen their resolve to keep fighting for fair pay. If they chose partisan gridlock over real change for women and working families, make sure they know how wrong they are.
What happened in the Senate is huge, and we can't let it go quietly into the night. Senators didn't just fail to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act – they failed to agree to debate the bill! At a time when working families are struggling to make ends meet due to gender pay discrimination, a minority of senators thought it was a good idea to block the Senate from even talking about passing a bill that would give employers and employees the tools they need to close the pay gap.
Make sure your senators know you were watching the equal pay vote! They need to know that this issue isn't going away – and that we are certainly not going away either.
We need the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into the 21st century. The Senate’s failure to end Mad-men era policies has significant, real-world implications for millions of American women and their families. Today – in 2014! – women face a gender pay gap at every education level and in every occupation, and the gap is worse for mothers and women of color. Even when comparing "apples to apples" and controlling for all factors known to affect earnings, AAUW researchers still found a 7 percent unexplainable pay gap between men and women just one year out of college – and 7 percent is no small change.
Gender pay discrimination isn't a myth, and the wage gap isn't just a number. The gap is real dollars and cents that translate into less money for food, gas, housing, education, child care… the list goes on. All workers deserve the chance to succeed, and hard work deserves equal pay. It's just that simple. It's not a partisan issue, and it shouldn't be. It is simply the right thing to do.
Thank your senators if they supported the Paycheck Fairness Act. And if they voted the wrong way, tell them they can't ignore women and working families any longer.