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Economic Equality / Equal Pay


NOW advocates on a wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.

One key method which would address a number of these issues would be to put women into the Constitution by passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Contact ERA Taskforce Co-Chairs Holly Joseph or Linda Smith for more information on how to get involved.

Also, pay attention to discussions about Social Security, Medicare and fair taxation. Under the Reagan and Bush eras, “temporary” tax cuts for the rich, the top 1% of the wealthy “earn” 23% of the annual U.S. income.

The facts are simple: The average income of Medicare beneficiaries is about $22,000 a year, with the average woman’s SS payments at $13,000 and Medicare copays going up. Our nation’s seniors can’t afford to have their benefits cut, and hard-working Americans can’t afford to have their eligibility for Medicare raised to 67. And many Americans are physically not able to work until a later age.

As more people lose employer-provided health insurance, the last thing the nation’s seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income children who depend on Medicaid need is for the federal government to slash these vital programs.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not cause the run-up in federal deficits. We have President Bush’s huge tax cuts for the top 1% , the unpaid costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Great Recession caused by unregulated and unrestrained Wall Street greed to thank for the mess we’re in.

Washington needs to make sure those who caused this mess pay to clean it up — not seniors, not Americans with disabilities, and certainly not low-income children, who depend on Medicaid to survive.

Cuts in Medicare and Medicaid services will adversely impact women more than men.

In 2002, women were paid 78 cents for every dollar men received. And 43% of households with children led by single women in Maryland live at or below the poverty line.

Stand up for fairness! Contact your Congressperson, then send this web address to your friends. More Info:

Equal Pay Resources

A Guide to Women’s Equal Pay Rights (PDF)
English | French | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese
An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay (PDF)
English | French | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese

Equal Pay Task Force Report – June 2013 (PDF)

Department of Labor links:

*       Working For Women Accomplishments
*       Highlights of Women’s Earnings by Region
*       Advancing Equal Pay Enforcement: More Effective and Transparent Procedures for Investigating Pay Discrimination
*       Fact Sheet on Pay Secrecy (PDF)
*       The Economic Status of Women of Color: A Snapshot (PDF)
*       White House Equal Pay Task Force Accomplishments Report: Fighting for Fair Pay in the Workplace (PDF)
*       White House Facts About Equal Pay
*       Presidential Proclamation on Equal Pay Day
*       The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the very first bill President Obama signed into law
*       Equal Pay App Challenge winners