NCJW Decries Greater Inequality, Persistent Gender Gap In Pay
September 12, 2012, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed its disappointment at the results of the census report for 2011 released today, while noting progress made with the help of government action. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The increase in inequality in 2011 reported today by the US Census Bureau is disappointing but not surprising news. Such inequality, which especially affects the vast middle of the US population, continues to mean there is something very wrong with the structure of our economy and the way it distributes rewards for work. Persistent inequality is also evident in the ongoing gap in wages paid to women compared to men — stuck at 77 cents on the dollar. NCJW has fought for decades to improve federal law barring sex discrimination in employment, and for the last several years we have worked hard to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the landmark Equal Pay Act.
“The census figures released today also show the gains that can be made with constructive government action. The proportion of young adults now with health insurance has increased in the last year, and much of the gain may be attributed to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that permits those 18-26 to receive coverage under their parent’s health insurance plan.
“The poorest income group gained ground as a result of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the earned income tax credit, unemployment benefits, and social security payments, as well as more full-time work. NCJW strongly supports maintenance of safety net programs that improve people’s lives and in some cases pull them above the poverty line. Through its Higher Ground campaign, NCJW is raising awareness about the impact of economic security on women’s ability to leave abusive relationships.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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