Secure equal pay for women

Women have always earned less than men for the same work. On average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, and it’s worse for women of color: African American women earn 61 cents, Native American women earn 58 cents, and Latinas earn just 53 cents. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S 270/HR 7), introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in January 2019, would deter wage discrimination by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act. It would bar retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to co-workers and prohibit employers from seeking a job applicant’s salary history so that pay discrimination will no longer follow women and people of color from job to job. On March 27, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act.