The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that women--especially women of color--are the backbone of our nation's economy. Women have kept the economy running as essential workers, breadwinners, and caregivers. But at the same time, they are consistently underpaid and their work is undervalued. Action on equal pay is sorely needed to address these inequities--but Republican Senators have blocked vital legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act, that would achieve critical progress.
The median annual earnings for women working full time, year-round in 2020 was $50,982, or just 83 percent of men's earnings--with much wider gaps for most women of color. Discrimination is one of the factors contributing to this gap, leading to thousands of dollars in lost wages for women over their career. That's why we need the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen existing equal pay protections, prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss their pay or challenge pay discrimination, limit employer's reliance on salary history, and much more. These robust measures would bring us one step closer to equal pay.
You can read more about the Paycheck Fairness Act here.