The U.S Senate voted last week on the Paycheck Fairness Act, an act that would have helped bring an end to pay discrimination. Unbelievably the act was rejected by the Senate with a vote of 52 yes to 47 no. (69 yes votes were needed to pass the act) If you’re interested in seeing how your senator voted click here. I am Canadian and not a US citizen, which means I cannot vote, so this is not a political issue for me, it is a fairness issue. t That said not a single Republican voted yes.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is aimed to end pay discrimination by closing a set of loopholes in current labor laws that make it near impossible to enforce fair pay laws. It would ban employer retaliation against workers who seek to expose wage discrimination, make it easier for workers to join together in class action suits to fight it and give victims of pay discrimination full compensation and back pay. Ultraviolet, an incredible organization that our foundation supports, put together a fact sheet on wage statistics. On average, over the course of a woman’s career women are loosing $431,000 due to wage discrimination. This is one of the main reasons we see so many senior women living in poverty today! To see the whole fact sheet click to Ultraviolet.
If you’re as outraged as I am, its time to take action! Know that issues and know how politicians in your area are voting. In addition Momsrising, a network of people with the goal to make America a more family-friendly place, is taking a strong stand. “Instead of giving up, we’re doubling down on our Campaign for Equal Pay.” Please consider supporting them by donating $23 (why only $23? On average, women make 23 cents less to a man’s dollar). CLICK HERE to donate!