This week, the Senate has the chance to support economic fairness for women and families.

Women are facing tremendous economic hardships —two-thirds of all minimum wage workers in the United States are women and women who work full-time, year-round are still only paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. With the wage gap adding up to more than $11,000 every year in lost wages, too many women have trouble making ends meet paying for things like housing, groceries, and health care. And since nearly two-thirds of working mothers are primary or co-breadwinners in their families, the obstacles that women face harm families as well.

This week, the Senate has the chance to take up legislation that addresses the economic challenges women face. Closing the wage gap, raising the minimum wage, and supporting affordable education and health care, including reproductive health services, are crucial to the economic success of women, their families, and their communities.

Stay tuned throughout the week for updates on the package of bills that the Senate could vote on to support economic fairness for women and families.

Learn more:

Put Your Wage Gap IQ to the Test! — Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women

Two Truths and a Lie on the Student Loan Debt Crisis — Susanna Birdsong, Fellow

What Happens After Hobby Lobby — Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel

One Step Closer to Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act — Gail Zuagar, Outreach Associate

Paycheck Fairness, Part II — Raise the Minimum Wage! — Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel