AAUW Urges Support of Equal Pay Bill

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To the Editor:

There’s no debate about the enormous value women bring the U.S. economy: They account for almost half the labor force and make up the majority of our country’s essential workers. Yet thanks to systemic sexism and decades of discrimination, women still are paid, on average, just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man.

Women deserve equal and equitable pay, and the COVID-19 crisis has made this more important now than ever. We cannot build back an economy that works for everyone without ensuring that all women can work with equality, safety, and dignity, starting with pay equity.

Last week, Congress took a step toward that goal with the introduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), which aims to close gaping loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act. The bill would give women the tools they need to successfully challenge pay discrimination and would provide incentives to employers to comply with the law.

Versions of this bill have been considered by Congress many times before, but now for the first time in decades, its passage in both the House and the Senate seems possible. With bipartisan sponsorship and the widespread support of the American people, victory is in sight. Members of American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Palo Alto County branch urge everyone to contact their representatives in Washington D.C. to voice their support for the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that all women are fairly and equitable compensated for their work.

Thank you,

Palo Alto Branch of the AAUW

Anne Stansbury Johnson and Roberta Hersom, Co-Presidents

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