By: Anna McClure, FellowPosted on September 17, 2010 Issues: Equal Pay & the Wage Gap

Have you read Valerie Jarrett’s op-ed on the Paycheck Fairness Act in today’s Washington Post? If you haven’t had a chance yet, you should, because it is right on the mark—passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a matter of survival for the many families who depend on women’s paychecks to make ends meet.

Yesterday the Census released its annual data on earnings—and despite some earlier media predictions to the contrary, there was once again no improvement in the wage gap. Women make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, which not only sacrifices women’s equality but also puts in jeopardy the basic survival of women and their families. The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that have undermined its effectiveness and by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to one another.

Valerie Jarrett’s op-ed also rightly points out that the time to act is now. The Senate must act quickly to pass this bill, and the time between now and the next recess is running out. Call your Senators today at 1-877-667-6650. Tell them that it’s time for them to take a stand and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, because women and families depend on fair pay.

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