Fair Pay For Mothers

Why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act?

Things aren’t looking up for women’s paychecks now–and the wages of women who are mothers are particularly impacted. On the whole, women working full-time, year-round make an average of 77 cents to every dollar that men make. [3] Women who are mothers make even less – only 73 cents to a man’s dollar, and single mothers make the least at about 60 cents to a man’s dollar. Women of color experience even more wage hits.

Further, a recent study found that with equal resumes and job experiences, mothers were offered $11,000 lower starting salaries (fathers, on the other hand, were offered $6,000 more in starting salaries than non-fathers).

Since over 80% of women in our nation have children by the time they’re 44 years old, this means the majority of women in our nation are touched by this type of wage discrimination at some point in their lives.

Yes, the Maternal Wall is standing in the way of most women dreaming of even a chance at breaking the Glass Ceiling.

Even so, paycheck fairness is not just a woman’s issue. The majority of families these days need the wages of two parents to make ends meet, and getting equal pay for equal work would go a long way toward helping family economic security and putting the nation on the road to economic recovery.

Tell your Senators: Get on the right side of history and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act! http://action.momsrising.org/go/8_24_10_PFA/328?akid=2270.14205.xKBS02&t=9

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