Covid-19 Amplifies Inequities
The issues we have long been fighting for are now alarmingly urgent: Low-wage workers — 54 percent of whom are women — are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic as they lose jobs by the millions. Those who’ve been working part time — again predominantly women — often don’t have basic employee benefits, including health insurance coverage.
The nation’s lack of paid sick and family leave is endangering both the physical and economic wellbeing of countless American families. Retired women — who are twice as likely as men to be living at or below the poverty line — are more vulnerable than ever. And the burden of student debt — two-thirds of which is held by women — feels especially onerous for those who are unemployed.
It’s been over a year since the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. When the bill arrived at the Senate last March, Sen. Mitch McConnell put it on hold indefinitely.
Please email your Senators to revive the #PayCheckFairnessAct now. Click here to find your Senator. (At the very top of the page, you can type in your state.) Tell them that Congress must pass the #PaycheckFairness Act to strengthen existing equal pay protections and further combat discriminatory pay practices.
#EqualPay is essential to the economic security of women and their families, now more than ever!
WOMEN COMPARED TO MEN: MARCH 31, 2020 — $0.82 (CENTS)
WAGE GAP BY DEMOGRAPHIC
Asian-American Women: $0.90 (cents)
Women: $0.82 (cents) **
Black Women: $0.62 (cents)
Native American Women: $0.57 (cents)
Latina Women: $0.54 (cents)
*Equal Pay figures for this community vary widely by ethnicity
** All U.S. women compared to all U.S. men
THE WAGE GAP FOR PARENTS
Moms: $0.70 (cents) *
*All U.S. moms compared to all U.S. dads