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Announcing the winners of the Department of Labor and the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Equal Pay Taskforce Equal Pay App challenge for the best application designed to raise awareness of the gender wage gap:
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh, PA, who created a smart and engaging new website:
This afternoon a press conference was held in Spring Valley, NY to discuss various aspects of the Women’s Workforce Bill recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Learn more about how this newly signed legislation will change women’s experiences in the workplace.
Despite the real threat that the Women’s Workforce Bill would not come to the floor before the end of session today, it was brought to a vote late Wednesday evening and passed 60 to 0!!!
We greatly appreciate the strong leadership of the bill sponsors, Assembly member Ellen Jaffee (D) and Senator Joseph Robach (R). As well, we thank the Senate and its leadership who heard from women across the state and responded with the first piece of legislation that acknowledges and addresses the gender wage gap.
More needs to be done to create economic equity, but passing this bill signals a willingness of our Legislature to work with Equal Pay advocates toward needed change through bi-partisan collaboration. This is truly a “win” for New York State.
We anticipate that Governor Cuomo will sign the bill!
Stay Tuned to find out if the Senate passes the Women's Workforce Bill today.
MIKULSKI, SENATE DEMOCRATS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS TO URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT
Effort Follows Mikulski Reintroduction of Bill Tuesday to Support Pay Equity for Women
Senator Reid Expected to File Cloture on Bill This Thursday
State by State Wage Gap Data Available
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will be joined at a press conference by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), along with representatives of the American Association of University Women (AAUW),the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to urge the Senate to immediately take up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation which will help close the wage gap between women and men working equivalent jobs, costing women and their families $360,000 over their careers. Senator Mikulski reintroduced the legislation on Tuesday. Read More
Our national coalition responded powerfully and quickly to last week’s Opinion Piece doubting wage gap. Here are all 3 Letters to the Editor.
Re “Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay” (Op-Ed, Sept. 22): Christina Hoff Sommers’s ominous warnings of “multimillion-dollar lawsuits” should the Paycheck Fairness Act pass smell of fear-mongering hyperbole. We’ve heard it before, when critics warned that lawsuits would flood our courts after the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It hasn’t happened.
The wage gap is real. Our 2007 report, “Behind the Pay Gap,” which controlled for factors flagged by Ms. Sommers, like education and experience, found that college-educated women earn less than men with comparable backgrounds. Even the Bush administration acknowledged the existence of the wage gap.
The latest analysis Ms. Sommers cites, which shows young women outearning young men, needs to be viewed with a skeptical eye. The average American woman still earns 23 percent less than her male counterpart earns, a gap that is widest among older women and smallest among younger women.
With two-income families the norm, and with women increasingly assuming the role of primary breadwinner, Ms. Sommers’s criticism of the Paycheck Fairness Act reminds us of Chicken Little crying about the falling sky. Widely seen as an excellent tool to help close the gender wage gap, the Paycheck Fairness Act isn’t about lawsuits. It’s about American families. And it’s time we put them first.
Linda D. Hallman, Executive Director, American Association of University Women
National Women’s Law Center 9/16/10 – This morning the U.S. Census released its annual data on income and poverty. We expect to see a number of sobering statistics in the data. But one thing is clear—women on average still make 23 cents for every dollar earned by a man. In other words, in this down economy, women and their families remain shortchanged by an unfair wage gap. Help us spread the word that this discrimination persists—check out NWLC”s new video about the wage gap and share it with your friends!