The U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to block the Paycheck Fairness Bill. This legislation would have helped close the pay gap between men and women and offer incentives to employers who do not discriminate by paying lower wages to female employees who do the same work as their male counterparts.
The wage gender gap has remained unchanged for the past decade. Women's earnings were 77.4 percent of men's in 2010, compared to 77.0 percent in 2009, according to Census statistics for full-time, year-round workers. CLUW chapters were involved in various activities throughout the country.
On June 5, 2012, Carol S. Rosenblatt, Executive Director of CLUW released the following statement after this legislation was defeated. Here is a Fact Sheet that was prepared by CLUW concerning the Paycheck Fairness Bill of 2012.
Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO made these comments and referenced Annie Bolgiano, who is an Intern at CLUW National.
This is a cross-post from MomsRising.org and the Labor Project for Working Families.
When Annie Bolgiano was growing up, her mother, a forest firefighter, told her daughter she could become anything she wanted. Then Annie went to college and learned another lesson:
"You can go into whatever profession you want, but you are statistically unlikely to make a salary equal to your male counterparts."
Annie’s “uninhibited dreams for the future” collided with the reality that women in the United States make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, and in some professions, specifically high-paying careers, that disparity is much higher. Although nearly half of all workers in the United States are women, we tend to hold lower-paying jobs overall, even when we have the exact same title as men. Read the entire article by clicking here.