Statement by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and Executive Director, MomsRising On the Introduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
“Despite the fact that it’s now 2013, some employers are still living in the MadMen era -- paying women less than their male counterparts. It’s long past time for a change.
“Today, on average, women earn 77 cents to a man's dollar. And this disparity is even greater for moms, single moms and women of color. In fact, one study found that moms make only 73 cents to a man's dollar and single moms make only about 60 cents to a man's dollar. Women of color experience increased wage hits on top of that. “The newly reintroduced Paycheck Fairness Act could help bring all employers into the 21st Century, by penalizing employers for equal pay violations, prohibiting retaliation against employees who ask about wage practices, empowering women to negotiate for equal pay and strengthening equal pay laws.
“It's time for our nation to catch up to modern realities. Women are half of the entire paid labor force for the first time in history, and three-quarters of mom are in the labor force, yet wage and hiring discrimination is still the norm. This bill is crucial to family economic security. Increasingly, families need two wage earners to make ends meet, and the struggle to feed and house a family can be even greater for single moms.
“When moms experience wage discrimination, their families also suffer. Not acting to right the wrong of wage discrimination is not only callous, not only devalues women's important contributions in workplaces, but also negatively affects our overall economy.
“At his inauguration, President Obama said, ‘Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.’ We agree. And now, we are urging all MomsRising members to reach out to their Members of Congress to support the Paycheck Fairness Act and help us reach the end of our journey.”