Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the statistics are even worse for women of color. As a result, women were 35% more likely to live in poverty than men. While the Equal Pay Act of 1963 has helped to narrow the wage gap between men and women in our workforce, significant disparities remain and must be addressed.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 7, was written to close a number of the loopholes and gaps in the 1963 act which have contributed to this stubborn, and troublesome, phenomena. Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act by a bipartisan vote and sent it on to the Senate for action. To learn more about this important bill and what it does, and to see how your Representative voted, as well as to see how you can advocate to the US Senate, please read the attached Action Update / Action Alert and take Fast Action.