Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Equal Pay for Equal Work

A great many Americans consider it acceptable to rob working women of millions of dollars. This is wrong and must be stopped immediately. Here is an action alert that you can follow to contact your representatives.

Tell Congress: Support equal pay for women.
Last year, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to force an up-or-down vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would mandate that women receive equal pay for equal work. Now, with a new session of Congress in place, the House is ready to take up the fight again. </p>

With President-elect Obama soon to take office, we now have a real chance to pass this legislation that could do so much for so many American women. There will be a battle in the Senate, and the best way to come out of the gate strong is for the bill to pass by an overwhelming majority in the House.

Lilly Ledbetter worked 19 years at Goodyear before she learned the men at her level were earning far more. Eventually she sued, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court where five male justices ruled her claim invalid because she filed it more than 180 days after the date when the discrimination first started.

Lilly Ledbetter and women across the country are paid less for doing the exact same jobs as men. The only difference between men and women in the workplace is women bring home less money to take care of their families - and in an economy as shaky as ours, the last thing we need is to make life even more difficult for 50% of the American workforce.

Women across America are counting on Congress - let Congress know that you're watching to make sure they come through. Sign this petition to tell your member of Congress to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This is a first and crucial step in this year's battle for equal pay - a battle that, for the first time, we might actually be able to win.

Tags: activism, economics, gender studies

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