Get Out of the Way of Fair Pay

December 12, 2008

Back in the day, I used to watch reruns (I’m old, but not that old) of the original live-action Batman television series after school. My favorite characters were always the villains because they had better costumes and better dialogue. As criminals, they stole whatever they wanted to get paid, but it never dawned on me that the superheroes should get paid to do their work, too.

Enter Batgirl. Playing second fiddle to Batman’s sidekick, Batgirl nevertheless stuck her neck out just as much as Robin did (and in “skin-tight Lycra and high-heeled boots,” as Pundit Mom points out) without the same benefits.

Wednesday, the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s I Am Progress program and MomsRising launched a campaign to bring awareness to the need for pay equity legislation, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Using video (see below) from a decades-old ad in which Batgirl argues for equal pay for equal work, the Out of the Way of Fair Pay campaign points to a recent study that reports women lose $434,000 over a lifetime of work due to the gender wage gap.

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AAUW is strongly committed to supporting efforts to close the wage gap between men and women and will continue to lead the effort to urge passage of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act in the 111th Congress.

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2 Comments

  1. PunditMom says:

    No matter what “uniform” we have to wear, it’s about time that we don’t have to have this conversation anymore.

  2. Mary Harlan says:

    The real impact is when women retire. The amount they earned during their years of gainful employment affects the amount of Social Security they receive, unless they have another source of money. It also affects the amount they can save during their years of gainful employment to invest for retirement income.

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