Sign the petition: Pass equal pay legislation in Iowa

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It's time to close the pay gap.

The petition to legislators across the country reads:
"It's time to close the gender pay gap once and for all. Pass equal pay legislation this year to ensure that all women are paid equally for doing the same work as men."

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Dear 5849376,

Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work

Seven years ago, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, allowing greater access to the courts for victims of wage discrimination. But our work is not done.

Women in the United States today still make $500,000 to $1.2 million dollars less than their male co-workers over the course of their lifetimes.1 On average, women make only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. It's even worse for women of color — African-American women make 60 cents and Latinas only 55 cents per dollar made by a white man.2 That's not acceptable.

Today, legislators in Iowa and across the country are standing up for equal pay for women, once and for all. Now is the time for us to speak out publicly so they know we have their backs.

Tell your state legislature: Pass Equal Pay legislation this year to ensure Iowa women are paid equally for doing the same work as men. Click here to sign the petition.

The Ledbetter Act is the most recent in the long line of congressional attempts to close the wage gap, from the National Labor Relations Act to the original Equal Pay Act of 1963. Almost all states already have some form of equal pay statute or a ban on gender discrimination, but we so far have failed to implement a comprehensive solution for equal pay. The wage gap is slowly shrinking, but at the current pace of change, it will be 100 years before the wage gap closes.3 Women and their families can't afford to wait.

State-based Equal Pay legislation can help create workplace wage transparency; prohibit retaliation against women who push back on wage discrimination; mandate equal pay for equal responsibilities and contributions in a workplace, regardless of job title; and strengthen the ability of employers to enforce equal pay regulations. This year, the Iowa legislature can make sure that women in Iowa will have the respect, dignity, and fair pay they deserve.

Tell your state legislature: Pass Equal Pay legislation this year to ensure Iowa women are paid equally for doing the same work as men. Click here to sign the petition.

Stronger congressional action could help close the pay gap for good, but the extreme right-wing Republicans in the Senate have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act three times. This, despite the fact that equal pay has bipartisan support, and that closing the wage gap will put an extra $447.6 billion dollars into our economy.4

As long as Congress continues to fail women, change will have to happen state by state. Fortunately, legislators in Iowa have an opportunity this year to help women and their families overcome decades of injustice.

Legislators from all over the country, including Rep. Marti Anderson and Sen. Mike Gronstal from Iowa, are joining our friends at the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) in a nationwide push for pay equality. Can you add your voice to this fight?

Tell the Iowa state legislature: Pass Equal Pay legislation this year to ensure Iowa women are paid equally for doing the same work as men. Click the link below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Equal_Pay?t=7&akid=16811.3291973.JJy4kT

Thank you for standing for equality,

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References
1. "America's Women and the Wage Gap," National Partnership for Women and Families, 9/2015.
2. "The Wage Gap is Stagnant for Nearly a Decade," National Women's Law Center, 9/2015.
3. Ariane Hegewisch and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D, "The Gender Wage Gap: 2014," Institute for Women's Policy Research, 9/2015.
4. Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Jeff Hayes, Ph.D., and Jennifer Clark "How Equal Pay for Working Women would Reduce Poverty and Grow the American Economy," Institute for Women's Policy Research, 1/2014.


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