The numbers are so familiar, they are boring. Women working full-time in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers. For women of color, the picture is far worse. Black women earn 61 cents, Native American women 58 cents, and Latinas only 53 cents. This wage gap holds in every state. The causes are complex, but this kind of systemic discrimination has proved intractable to any remedy but public policy.
HR7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would make it safe for workers to compare their compensation, take salary history (often weaponized against women) off the negotiating table, and reaffirm the right of groups of workers who have suffered discrimination to take their complaints to the courts.
ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
The good news is, HR7 is co-sponsored by every Democratic House member. Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for supporting this timely and important legislation.
For extra credit – it’s only two days till the shutdown clock runs down again. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask them to keep standing firm: no more physical barriers, and no additional ICE beds. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.