The cherry blossoms are past their peak in Washington, So are the daffodils. It’s been a long time since the year began, when it was so cold and snowy. Yet, during all these months, women on average have been working full-time just to make what their male counterparts earned by January 1 of this year. During these months, in case you haven’t noticed, food hasn’t gotten any cheaper. Nor has gas. Nor has school clothes for kids. Nor, certainly, have health care bills. But women’s work has been on deep discount! It’s long past time to eliminate the pay discrimination that has been a fact of life for far too many women in this country for far too many years.
When I met the women plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart case just this March 29, who had come to Washington and the Supreme Court, seeking justice and a chance to make their case for fair pay, I couldn’t help but think of all the brave women that the National Women’s Law Center has worked with and represented over the years who have fought for equal pay for themselves, their families and all the women and families that come after them. I couldn’t help but think of all the battles we have waged to put the law on their side, including the now-enacted Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the still pending Paycheck Fairness Act that was filibustered just this past November. On this Equal Pay Day, it’s time to have the courts, the Congress and employers all around the country listen. Give women the laws they need, the pay they’ve earned and the justice they deserve. Once and for all – Stop Discounting Women!