Pay Equity Now: Activist Toolkit

Paycheck Fairness Act

On April 15, 2021, the House of Representatives voted 217-210 to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act with bipartisan support. However, on June 8, 2021 it failed on a party-line procedural vote in the Senate, 49-50. But the fight is not over and your voice is still needed. We call on all elected officials to listen to voters, who overwhelming support pay equity, and work to pass this important bill.

The record unemployment and housing crisis brought on by the pandemic disproportionately affected women. The already wide gender pay gap could get wider still if our policymakers don’t take action soon. It is past time for Congress to take steps to stop it.

We’ve long known that on average, women who work full-time take home less than men – about 82 cents on the dollar – and that many women of color are paid far less. But the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing and exacerbating those economic inequalities.

Despite existing federal and state equal pay laws, the gender pay gap persists, impacting millions of women and their families. We need to update our laws to ensure all workers can take home a fair paycheck. Congress must ensure all women have the tools they need to challenge discrimination and all employers have the incentives they need to comply with the law.

Equal pay for equal work is a widely popular principle. Congress must act to ensure that it happens. Use our toolkit to urge your members of Congress to do their part by cosponsoring and supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act today!

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