Friday, April 18, 2008

Equal Pay: Women Like Men, Only Cheaper (Video)

This year's Equal Pay Day is April 22 -- the same day as the Pennsylvania primary! One candidate has a long history of fighting for equal pay for women. To compute your own pay gap, see the wage gap calculator at Hillary's website.

You will be happy to hear that the women in Belgium will soon earn wages equal to that of the men in their country (video below). Meanwhile, here in the U.S., women would be fortunate if we earned as much as Belgium women earned before their equal pay kicked in:

Women are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, the numbers are even worse - African American women earn 63 cents and Latinas earn 52 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

The National Women's Law Center reminds us that Equal Pay Day is April 22 -- that's the day "when the average woman's wages finally catch up with what the average man earned in 2007. . To commemorate Equal Pay Day, the Senate is expected to vote soon on a key bill that would make it easier to ensure justice for employees who have been subject to pay discrimination.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would give all employees a better shot at a fair workplace, making it easier to ensure justice for those who have been discriminated against based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and age."

Please click on the ad in the sidebar and tell your senators to support this important legislation!

Waging War on the Gender Pay Gap

Background via TGW: Lilly Ledbetter on Fair Pay and the Unfair Roberts Court (Video)