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Equal Pay Day: Time for Paycheck Fairness

Equal Pay Day is almost here! This year, Equal Pay Day—the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year–falls on Lilly Ledbetter’s birthday on Tuesday, April 14. The very latest figures show that women are paid on average 78 cents to the dollar paid to their male peers. That’s just a penny more than where the statistic has been stuck for a decade and the gap is even wider for women of color.

Wouldn’t it be great to see Congress give Lilly the gift of the Paycheck Fairness Act? The Paycheck Fairness Act would update the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by closing loopholes that prevent the original legislation from fully addressing the gender pay gap.

Ask your Member of Congress to take a stand now for this important legislation. Lilly Ledbetter’s advocacy has spurred a growing movement to close the pay gap. She, like all of us, and millions of people around the country have an important wish this April 14: passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Tell them that when it comes to wages, women deserve better!

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