Gone are the days of men bringing home the bacon while women fry it up in the pan — the world has changed, and our rules need to sprint to catch up. We all work hard and we all — women and men — deserve to be paid equally for equal work.
Equal pay is nothing more than basic arithmetic and common decency. Not only is it the right thing to do, it helps every American family make it work.
Here’s a snapshot of what we’re facing today:
- A woman working full-time is paid 79 cents for every dollar a man is paid. And it’s even less for women of color (60 and 55 cents for African American and Latina women, respectively. Crazy).
- That’s, on average, $11,000 per year lost simply because she isn’t a man. That could be a year’s worth of food or rent, and who knows how much premium cable!
- In 60% of families, the mother makes at least half the money, so that pay cut can be the difference between making ends meet and coming up short.
Numbers like these were wrong in 1915. In 2016, they’re just embarrassing. Changing the rules that hold women back makes sense and cents.
Raise the Wage
$7.25 barely covers the cost of a sandwich, much less basic costs of living. The minimum wage hasn’t budged in five years, and hits women hard—nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women. We need wages that allow us to set our families up for a great future, simple as that.
Here are just a few reasons why:
- A parent with two children busting her or his butt full-time on the minimum wage comes out thousands of dollars below the poverty line. What?!
- More than half the workers who would receive a raise would be women, and one-third of those women are mothers..
- Raising the minimum wage to at least $15 per hour shrinks the gender difference in pay by at least 5 percent. That’s a big deal.
People who work for a living ought to be able to make a living. That’s a no-brainer. That’s why we support raising the federal wage to at least $15 per hour.