From Emily Pfefer of AAUW:
Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows the gender pay gap has narrowed a mere one cent. Women now earn only 78 cents compared to the one dollar their male counterparts make. In response, AAUW launched a new grassroots campaign with a clear message: “Keep the Change until Women Have Real Change.”
While the wage gap is currently the narrowest it’s ever been, the change has been too small. One cent is chump change. While women have been hard at work to earn their extra penny, Congress has been slow to pass legislation that would give women effective equal pay protections. Although, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law by President Obama on January 29, it only reverses a U.S. Supreme Court’s problematic decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., restoring the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and EEOC policies that allowed employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they received. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is simply a down payment on much need wage equality legislation. The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.12/S.182) would provide additional tools to deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, as well as prohibiting retaliation against workers who disclose their wages or ask about an employer’s wage practices. In the midst of these actions, AAUW and our friends are telling Congress: “Keep the Change until Women Have Real Change.”
Please help AAUW promote this campaign by placing a “Keep the Change” web sticker on your website. You can find four different web stickers to choose from on the AAUW website with code to copy and paste next to each. Just click here to select a web sticker to use.
Also, if you choose to place a web sticker on your website, please send me an e-mail to let AAUW know we have your support. We value your efforts in helping AAUW spread this important message.