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Paycheck Fairness Act PASSED

    The US House of Representatives has passed the Paycheck Fairness Act.  It is now on to the Senate. Please contact your US Senator to support this pay equity measure.

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As we mark both Mom’s Equal Pay Day and Mother’s Day itself this week, we honor that all moms are essential. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated economic inequalities we’ve long known to be a harm to women, and the impact flows to their families. One in four women reported leaving the workforce for lack of child care during the pandemic, and 1.5 million mothers are reported to still be missing from the workforce.

While May 5th represents moms on average, the racial disparity present between working moms deserves notice. Compared to every dollar made by white, non-Hispanic fathers:

  • Latina mothers are paid $0.46.
  • Native American mothers are paid $0.50.
  • Black mothers are paid $0.52.
  • White, non-Hispanic mothers are paid $0.71.
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander mothers are paid $0.90.

All workplace discrimination is dangerous and hurts our nation’s workers and families. Here is where you come in. Today, we ask you to take two immediate actions on behalf of mothers and pregnant workers:

  1. Ensure equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and help close the gender pay gap for everyone.
  2. Protect pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require reasonable health accommodations and provide protections against workplace discrimination for mothers and all pregnant workers.

Mothers and pregnant workers cannot wait. Congress must now move both of these bills forward to ensure all women and workers have the tools they need to challenge discrimination and all employers have the incentives and supports they need to comply with the law. To make equality a reality, we need you.

Mark both Mom’s Equal Pay Day and Mother’s Day by protecting working moms and all pregnant workers — act now!