To the Editor:
One way to help families move from poverty into the middle class is to provide equal pay for working women. More women than ever before are in the work force, and though the wage gap between pay for men and women doing the same work has narrowed, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Over a working lifetime, estimates of the cost of this disparity for working women range from $440,000 to $2 million. This disparity affects women of all ages, races and education levels. Nationally, families lose $200 billion in income annually due to the wage gap.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes equity for all women, including economic security. We advocate for vigorous enforcement of employment anti-discrimination statutes. April 8th is Equal Pay Day, which reminds us that, on average, women must work seven days a week for sixteen months to earn what men earn working five days a week for twelve months.
To help achieve pay equity, AAUW asks you to contact your members of Congress (Sen. Harkin, Sen. Grassley, or Rep. King) to urge them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update and strengthen the original 1963 Equal Pay Act. Thank you!
Jane Hoyman, Public Policy Chair
American Association of
Palo Alto County Branch