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Congress urged to support Paycheck Fairness Act

On average, women working full time in the United States are paid just 82 percent of what men are paid, and for black and Latina women, it’s even worse.

Despite federal and state equal pay laws, gender and racial pay gaps persist, and earnings lost to these gaps are exacerbating the financial effects of COVID-19, falling particularly heavily on women of color and the families who depend on their income.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would take meaningful steps to update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to help close the gender pay gap.

Women became half of the full-time labor force in our nation for the first time in the last decade, and three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force, more than half of whom are the primary breadwinners for their families.

At the same time, women in this country lost more than 5 million jobs in 2020; women accounted for 100 percent of the jobs lost in December 2020.

The gender pay gap exists for every age group, in nearly every profession, and widens over a woman’s lifetime. It even follows women into retirement, due to lower retirement savings and pension benefits.

I urge our members of Congress to cosponsor and support the Paycheck Fairness Act, critical legislation that can help women, their families and our overall economy rebound from the current crisis by guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.

Nai’a Newlight

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