||Women Of America: You Need To Read This
By: Steve - November 22, 2010 - 10:30am
The Republican party does not want you to have equal pay as a man for doing the exact same job. And they proved it last week.
Wednesday, Senate Republicans voted unanimously against legislation to close the pay gap between women and men. The Senate voted 58-41 against allowing debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help end discriminatory pay practices against women. And btw, it had already passed the House.
More than 45 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, the pay gap shockingly persists with women still earning on average 77 cents to every man's dollar. According to the National Women's Law Center, "This persistent pay gap translates to more than $10,000 in lost wages per year for the average female worker."
The gap is even worse for women of color: African-American women earn 61 cents and Latinas earn 52 cents for every dollar a white non-Hispanic man earns.
Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said it was outrageous and egregious that "these senators voted against fair pay."
Women are half of all U.S. workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. The Paycheck Fairness Act would be critical to strengthening the economic security of these families.
The bill would have updated the landmark Equal Pay Act of 1963 by closing loopholes, strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination, and prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about employers wage practices or disclose their own wages. The act would have also addressed pay secrecy, which is a prevalent problem prohibiting employees from knowing whether discriminatory practices are occurring.
Not a single Republican supported the bill, including Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who had previously voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which removed barriers blocking workers from seeking compensation from discriminatory pay practices.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), was the lone Democrat voting against the bill. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has a long record of opposing women's rights urged Congress to vote against the act, as it did with Lilly Ledbetter in 2009.
In response to the vote, President Obama put out a strong statement slamming the Senate GOP for blocking the bill: "I am deeply disappointed that a minority of Senators have prevented the Paycheck Fairness Act from finally being brought up for a debate and receiving a vote.
This bill passed in the House almost two years ago; today, it had 58 votes to move forward, the support of the majority of Senate, and the support of the majority of Americans. ... But a partisan minority of Senators blocked this commonsense law."
Now think about that, to all the women who can vote in the next election. You should all vote against every Republican, and the Democrat Ben Nelson. Write a note, and remember this, because you now know who supports equal pay for women, and who don't. The Democrats support you, and the Republicans don't.