Women’s pay has only risen 18 cents in the past 49 years compared to men’s.
But, if you ask GOP Senators, that doesn’t warrant the passing of the Paycheck Fairness Act -- a bill that prevents retribution against employees who dare to ask about pay discrepancies and to allow them to sue for punitive damages.
President Obama issued a statement scolding the Republicans for disallowing a vote on the bill:
“This afternoon, Senate Republicans refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a commonsense piece of legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and give women more tools to fight pay discrimination. It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families.”
Of course, this only makes Barack more attractive to women voters (not that he needed any help there). The prez has made headway in this arena before; ">he signed the Lily Ledbetter Act in 2009, expanding the statute of limitations for lawsuits concerning pay gaps.
“Despite the progress that has been made over the years, women continue to earn substantially less than men for performing the same work," POTUS said. "My Administration will continue to fight for a woman’s right for equal pay for equal work, as we rebuild our economy so that hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and every American gets a fair shot to succeed.”
We Heart The Men Of The Occupy Movement: When we heard officials were thinking about evicting the Occupy activists in Washington, D.C., we hopped in our car and hightailed it to McPherson Square. Nobody is going to take our future husbands away from us -- especially before Valentine's Day.