It was four years ago today that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law. I am so proud to have helped introduce this bill and even more proud to see it signed into law.
However, five decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in Iowa still earn only 79 percent of what is earned by their male counterparts. This is just unacceptable. In today’s economy, it is becoming more and more difficult for families to make ends meet. This is not just a gender issue; it’s a family issue. I have always been a champion for equal pay and, while this historic law was a huge step towards true equality for women in the workforce, there is still so much work to be done.
That’s why I am going to continue the fight for equal pay for equal work by once again co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act in the 113th Congress. This legislation would ensure that employers do not discriminate based on gender and it will make it easier for women to pursue gender-based pay discrimination claims.
We can’t wait another 50 years to close the wage gap.
Please share this email with your friends and family. Make sure they understand how far we have come and how far we still have left to go.
And, as always, take care,