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Misbehavin’ Notification: Fair Pay Today!

Posted by joyinhome on April 28, 2009

Business and Professional Women Calls for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

Working Women Around the Country Commemorate Equal Pay Day


Washington, DC April 28, 2009 – This week, Business and Professional Women and working women advocates around the country are mobilizing to recognize Equal Pay Day and call attention to the persistent and sizable gap between men’s and women’s wages. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average full-time working women earned 78 cents to every dollar earned by men. The gap is even worse for women of color. On average, women lose $9,575 per year and $434,000 over a career due to the wage gap; this loss increases with career advancement.

“Once again working women around the country will be commemorating Equal Pay Day and the persistent wage gap it represents. It is frustrating that forty-six years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women still make 22 percent less men,” said Deborah L. Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women. “Eliminating the wage gap is good for families and for business, especially during a recession. That is why we encourage the Senate to quickly pass the Paycheck Fairness Act which strengthens the Equal Pay Act and guarantees that women workers are not shortchanged solely because of their gender.”

“The wage gap not only impacts the economic security of women and their families today, but follows them into retirement defining their families’ financial future. Women and their families can no longer afford to be shortchanged.” said Diane Polangin, president of Business and Professional Women.

Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year. Equal Pay Day is a national day of action for Business and Professional Women and hundreds of other women’s, civil rights, labor, and community organizations who support fair pay.

“Many employers recognize that eliminating pay differentials is key to creating a successful workplace and that pay equity can help with competitiveness, worker retention and productivity,” continued Frett.

Business and Professional Women is co-sponsoring a Congressional Briefing on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 182) on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 2 – 4pm ET in the 430 Dirkson Senate Office Building, in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact policy@bpwusa.org.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) is transforming today’s workplaces by focusing on issues that impact women, families and employers. With 143 years of experience, BPW is historically a leader in grassroots activism, policy influence and advocacy for millions of working women.

BPW engages women, employers and policy makers, to inspire collaboration, create change and expand options for more equitable and successful workplaces. Successful Workplaces are those that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work life balance.

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2 Responses to “Misbehavin’ Notification: Fair Pay Today!”

  1. In order to solve this problem I believe we need to go more to the root of it. Often, women have much lower wages because they are in and out of the workforce more often than men in order to care for their families. They are not easily able to follow the traditional promotional cycle that is prevalent in our workplaces today. Most of our labor laws were written in the 1930’s, in a time when many families lived a traditional Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle where one parent worked and the other stayed home. This system is simply no longer practical for the majority of American families any longer. I believe we need to encourage reforms which will provide both men and women with more flexibility in the workplace as well as benefits which are more portable and flexible. In this way, parents will not have to choose between a successful career (with equal pay to their counterparts who stay in the traditional workplace cycle) and being a good parent.

  2. gansie said


    the so called “choices” angle is actually not the problem. i learned at an equal pay day panel that after the FIRST year out of college, in the same field, women earned 5% less than men. pay discrimination happens right away, before most women are even faced with the challenges of the work+life dichotomy.

    crazy, huh.

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