Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Do you want your $700,000 back?

I work here and this info still makes my jaw drop. From!

Could you use an extra $700,000? (I sure could!). MomsRising's work to strengthen equal pay laws today could make a huge difference for you and your family over a lifetime -- because women's lifetime earnings take such a big hit due to unfair pay practices.

But MomsRising can't turn this trend around alone. We need additional resources -- and help from you -- to end unfair pay practices.

Will you donate $7.77 today so we can work on getting women their $700,000 back?

Not everyone realizes the impact of unfair pay. Yesterday, a young woman asked me if equal pay for women is a "for real" problem. I was not shocked a bit by her confusion. She is being bombarded by an aggressive blog, cable TV, and talk radio campaign criticizing the President's recent commitment to support equal pay for equal work. When I told her the truth - that the average woman still loses $700,000 in her lifetime due to wage discrimination, her jaw dropped.

MomsRising is working to get more jaws dropping -- and, more importantly, to get more elected officials acting to stop wage discrimination. One giant step forward in stopping unfair pay practices would be for the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. But it's not going to be easy. 

The corporate lobbyists' propaganda machine is gearing up to defeat the Paycheck Fairness Act, a new equal pay law that would make it tougher for businesses to get away with discriminating against women. Equal pay opponents want to stop Congress and the President from closing huge loopholes in existing equal pay laws. 

But the facts are on our side, and strengthening equal pay laws is not only the right thing to do for women, but also for the economic security of America's families. Women are still making only 77 cents for every dollar earned by equally qualified men. And the wage gap is even greater for women of color, mothers, and women with more years of work experience.2 So even though my young friend may not recognize the problem now, after a few years in the workforce she surely will.

Will you donate $7.77 in honor of the 77 cents to the male dollar women earn right now?

Time is of the essence. The clock is ticking on moving the Paycheck Fairness Act forward. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- after receiving thousands of requests from MomsRising members-- now says he will schedule a hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act within weeks. (And this is a huge step since the bill has already passed the House so just needs to be passed by the Senate to move to President Obama's desk).

This new opportunity in the U.S. Senate means we must move quickly to organize moms and allies to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act -- and we need your support right now to do it. With your donation of $7.77 or more, we will raise the voices and tell the stories of real women from around the country so our leaders in Washington won't be able to forget that we are still making significantly less than equally qualified men- no matter what the corporate lobbyists and naysayers on talk radio say. 

Donate a lucky $7.77 now to help MomsRising counter this fair pay misinformation campaign!

Please act now to help us translate this promise of equal pay for women into a reality.

 Working together we can build a better nation for our children and families.

-- Kristin, Joan, Mary, Ariana, Donna and the whole team

P.S. Thanks to those of you who have already donated to this campaign. So far we have raised $2,500 towards our goal. That's great progress, but we still have a long way to go, please chip in today!