It’s Time to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center

For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act–which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week.

Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA)?   It would update the 50-year-old law by providing incentives to employers to pay women fairly.  It also would ban employers from retaliating against their employees who choose to share salary information with their coworkers.

It’s time for Congress to stand up for the rights of working women and to advance fair pay! The PFA is pending in the 112th Congress, with a vote expected in the Senate on June 5. It has twice passed the House, and it fell just two votes short of a Senate vote on its merits in the last Congress. This is a common sense bill that would help women and their families–especially in this tough economy.

So please join us in supporting the PFA today! Start by calling your Senators and urge them to vote for it. After you’ve called, read and share the blog posts below. We’ll be tweeting about this blog carnival all day with the hashtag #HERvotes and we encourage you to join us!

#HERvotes, a multi-organization campaign launched in August 2011, advocates women using our voices and votes to stop the attacks on the women’s movement’s major advances, many of which are at risk in the next election.

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

Read More:

NASW Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act– National Association of Social Workers

If Our College Graduates Can’t Fight For Fair Pay, Who Can? (PDF) – Jamie Dolkas, Equal Rights Advocates

Salary Negotiation, Powerful Women and the Wage Gap– Katherine Birdsall, Feminist Majority Foundation

Raise the Minimum Wage and Narrow the Wage Gap– Abby Lane, National Women’s Law Center

Paycheck Fairness Does Not Have to be an Oxymoron– Malak Yusuf, Wider Opportunities for Women

America’s Women and Families Deserve a Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act– Sarah Crawford, National Partnership for Women & Families

The Facts Behind the Call for Equal Pay– Christine Miranda, NOW

Stimulate the Economy: Pay Women Fairly– Linda Meric, 9to5, National Association of Working Women

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Equal Pay and the Single Woman– Elisabeth Gehl, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

The Wage Gap: Collective Change, Not Choice– Maggie Fridinger, National Council of Women’s Organizations

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Telling the Truth About Workforce Equality – Dani Nispel, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Paycheck Equality: It’s Not a Suggestion, It’s the Law– Anny Bolgiano, Coalition of Labor Union Women

A Jewish Call for Equal Pay– Ian Hainline & Katharine Nasielski, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Justice for Working Women– Miri Cypers, Jewish Women International

The Paycheck Fairness Act: For When Women are Old and Broke– Kate McGuinness, Fem2.0


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