Urge your senators to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Tomorrow, the Senate is set to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), which would update, strengthen and close the loopholes of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay men and women unequal wages for the same work. As our own Zerlina reports, the PFA “would prohibit employer retaliation, allow workers to join class action lawsuits, as well  as ensure that the victims received back pay from discriminatory employers.  For some women the difference in pay for a man that does the same job can add up to $24,000 dollars a year in lost wages and nearly $431,000 over the course of a lifetime.”

Of course, Republicans are expected to vote against the radical, Marxist, secularist thing called fairness, as they continue to wage their War Against Women. But you can call your senator and encourage him or her to vote for #EqualPay and the #PFA at 888-876-9527.

Women’s issues are one of the areas where the difference between Republicans and Democrats and Obama and Romney are undeniable. Obama is pushing for the Senate to pass the bill and the White House  has made some e-cards demonstrating some disturbing statistics on the way we pay men and women. Check them out.

 

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Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/robbieloveslife/ Robert

    Fairness and equality are 2 different things. The job market determines what is fair pay for any job. It’s never going to be equal for everyone because some jobs will pay more based on their demand, which is fair. These jobs tend to be male dominated like engineering, business management, and there’s still high paying construction jobs available. If you force employers to make up for “loopholes” by paying women more than is necessary they will look for ways to not hire them, which will hurt women even more. If they get forced to pay men less to close this “gap” then men will go to a competitor that offers more or companies will give under the table incentives that won’t be recorded, which means less taxes being paid. They will find a way to hire whoever is best for the job to help the bottom line. Never underestimate a company’s profit motive.