Today, April 28, 2009 marks the day that that a woman’s salary (on average) catches up with that of a man’s from 2008. She would have to work an extra four months to be paid the same amount as a man in the same position earned in the previous year (source).
The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.12 and S.182) was introduced January 2009 by then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Rep. Rosa DeLauro to strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The bill expands damages under the Equal Pay Act and amends its very broad fourth affirmative defense. In addition, the Paycheck Fairness Act calls for a study of data collected by the EEOC and proposes voluntary guidelines to show employers how to evaluate jobs with the goal of eliminating unfair disparities. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on January 9, 2009. (source)
Instead of writing my own blog post about why everyone should support legislation on this issue, I decided to round up a great bunch of links to others sites and blogs where they’ve addressed this issue already. Alright, here we go:
- How the Paycheck Fairness Act Will Strengthen the Equal Pay Act (pdf from the National Women’s Law Center)
- National Committee on Pay Equity (site)
- Let’s Get Even: Numbers Worse for Minority Women (blog)
- Take Action! Email Your Senator with This Easy Form! (form courtesy of National Association of Working Women)
- The Women’s Museum: Facts on Equal Pay Day (blog)
- Why Pay Equity is Even More Important in a Struggling Economy (pdf from AAUW)
- Find Out What the Pay Gap is for Women in Your State! (table)
- Weight Discrimination Could Also Contribute to Glass Ceiling Effect (study findings)
- Women’s Weight Compounds Wage Gap Issue (blog)
- Add Your Blog to National Women’s Law Center Blog Roundup for Fair Pay Day (form)
- Follow the Discussion on Twitter (twitstream)
I’m breaking the Glass Ceiling:
I’m blogging about it, tweeting about it, and emailing both my senators and my representative today: Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Chris Van Hollen. I’m working on other actions to take on this today and throughout the year.
What are YOU going to do to break the Glass Ceiling? Tell me your strategy. Ally with me on this issue by linking to my blog here (I’ll add you to my blogroll), following me on twitter (I’ll follow you back), or leave other suggestions in the comments! Feel free to add links to your own blog or other great sites in the comments, as well, and I’ll add them to my list in this post.