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U.S. Senate Prevents Paycheck Fairness Act; How Will You Vote Today??

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116


Senate Fails Women on Equal Pay
Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill



June 5, 2012

The National Organization for Women is deeply disappointed that conservatives in the U.S. Senate this afternoon prevented the Paycheck Fairness Act from being brought up for a debate and receiving a vote. Today, this bill had 52 votes to move forward, and the support of the majority of the Senate. By blocking this commonsense law, right-wing legislators have expanded the War on Women. But women are paying attention, and will remember in November.

The Senate’s failure to agree to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act is a direct blow to working women and their families. It is unacceptable that women are still paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and prevent employers from retaliating against workers for sharing salary information. An important milestone in the long journey toward workplace equality, the act would ensure that women in this country aren’t bringing home smaller paychecks because of discrimination.

The people of this country, women and men alike, believe in fair pay. The politicians who voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act will pay a price at the polls — and NOW activists around the country are already organizing to see that that happens.

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(Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, “Nearly 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed to end the “serious and endemic problem” of unequal wages, women in America still make only 77 cents on the dollar compared with men. Yet many Republicans remain willfully oblivious to the fact that pay inequity persists.

In Congress, the majority has been unwilling to stand up for women’s economic security by supporting moderate legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. Even GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney refuses to say whether he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act.”