Posts Tagged ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’

Chamber to women: get out of the office and make me a sandwich

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On the 90th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, which allows for equal voting rights for women, the Chamber of Commerce decided to take a moment to let the Internet know they’re still peeved by all these “equal rights” shenanigans.

In a blog post simply entitled “Equality, Suffrage and a Fetish for Money,” Chamber blogger Brad Peck characterized women’s fight for pay equity as nothing more than a “fetish for money,” and said women complaining about their pay should focus instead on “choosing the right partner at home.”

Note to the Chamber of Commerce: open mouth. Now insert foot.

Check out Michael Whitney’s take on the ridiculous situation over at Firedoglake.  Apparently, the Chamber of Commerce has quite the history of dissing women.


Getting on the right side of history: supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

Vice President Joe Biden Women in the United States make 77 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same work.

And even though women won the right to make as much as their male counterparts decades ago, weak federal enforcement has prevented equal pay from actually occurring in many workplaces. And for many women, the consequences of earning less than their male counterparts can be life-altering, like not having enough money to retire without becoming an economic burden to their families.

The American Rights at Work staff made a field trip across D.C. yesterday to listen to some impassioned speeches about the Paycheck Fairness Act at a White House Middle Class Task Force event.  Awaiting a vote by the Senate, the Paycheck Fairness Act requires employers to provide a legitimate reason for paying women and men performing the same job different salaries.

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Equal pay for equal work? Not yet.

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For those who think that men and women are treated equally in today’s workplace, consider this date: April 20. That’s Equal Pay Day, which marks how far women must work into 2010 to make as much as men made in 2009.

Women who work full time earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Even more shocking? It’s not getting better: census data shows that this wage gap widened between 2007 and 2008, from 77.8 percent to 77.1 percent. And as the AFL-CIO points out, the wage gap is even worse for women of color.

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