Jobs and Pay Equity
The Equal Pay Act (1963), Title VII (1964), Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2010) Today women comprise roughly half of employed workers in the U.S., yet they still are paid less than men. Women earn, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Two key laws – The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, prohibit employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, including pregnancy, and national origin, and have been central to expanding women’s … [Read More...]
By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center For this 14th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re blogging about equal pay and the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act – which will be on the Senate floor for a vote next week. Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA)? It would update the 50-year-old law by providing incentives to … [Read More...]
by Linda Meric, Executive Director, 9to5, National Association of Working Women Misogyny has taken center stage this 2012 election cycle. This “war on women” has legislators voting to limit women’s control over their health. Political candidates have spoken out against women serving in combat. Candidates have called the federal equal pay law a "nuisance," and some elected officials are … [Read More...]
by Anny Bolgiano, Intern, Coalition of Labor Union Women Q: What’s better than paycheck equity legislation? A: Effective paycheck equity legislation. The government makes a lot of suggestions and recommendations to us Americans. The CDC recommends staying home when you have the flu and getting 2.5 hours of exercise per week, and the EPA recommends testing your home for radon and checking … [Read More...]
My Time, Intellect, Skills and Labor are Worth Less than Those of My Male Peers? Really? Yes, Really.
By Anny Bolgiano, Intern, Coalition of Labor Union Women My mother, a former forest fire fighter, reiterated to me from the earliest age possible: You can go into whatever profession you want. Thanks to her, I grew up with uninhibited dreams for the future. Then I went off to college, and in a basement classroom of the sociology department, on a sleepy Monday morning my freshman year, I began … [Read More...]
By Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation President and Ms. Magazine Publisher Welcome to the fifth #HERvotes blog carnival on the need to keep strong the laws and public policies to end sex discrimination and sexual harassment in schools and at the workplace. The HERvotes, a multi-organizational campaign launched in August 2011, advocates women must use our voices and votes to stop the … [Read More...]