July 31, 2017

Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day — the day when Black women's earnings catch up to what white men earned in the previous year. That’s right — because of the wage gap, Black women have to work for 19 months to make the same amount that white men made in 12 months.
It’s infuriating. It’s unjust. That’s why today and every day, we’re fighting for equal pay. We can’t end pay discrimination if employers can hide the fact they are paying women and people of color less. But now some Members of Congress are trying to help corporations sweep these wage gaps under the rug — and we can’t let it happen on our watch.
Tell Congress to Protect the Equal Pay Data Collection
(202) 224-3121
Send an urgent message to your Members of Congress telling them to oppose attempts to defund the Equal Pay Data Collection. 
CALL (202) 224-3121

Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee voted to defund an Obama Administration equal pay initiative that collects pay data from employers to shine a light on race and gender wage gaps. Collecting pay data from corporations helps the agencies responsible for enforcing equal pay laws detect pay discrimination. It also ensures companies are measuring race and gender wage gaps and encourages them to take action to correct these pay disparities. But corporate interests are pressuring Congress to keep pay data shrouded in secrecy—and so far they are winning. The full House and Senate could vote to block the equal pay data collection in the coming weeks, so now is the time to make our voices heard.
Tell your Members of Congress: A vote against the Equal Pay Data Collection is a vote against equal pay:  (202) 224-3121.
We know sunlight is the best disinfectant. Thank you for helping us end pay discrimination by shining a lot more light on race and gender wage gaps in individual workplaces.

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