Equal Pay, Equal Respect

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(Please welcome Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who joins us today to talk about equal pay issues and the Paycheck Fairness Act.  She will be chatting with us in the comments for the next half hour — jh)

If men in this country were paid just 77 cents for every dollar that women were paid for the same work, what do you think would happen?

Mass protests? Editorial outrage? Immediate Congressional action?

I think all of the above. And more.

But women have been paid less than men for decades, and we are still fighting for this fundamental inequity to be remedied.

Equal Pay Day is the day we recognize that we have a long way to go before women's pay catches up with men. It's a powerful reminder that even though we've made a lot of progress toward equality, there is so much work left to do.

I introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress to help close the pay gap. It would toughen the penalties for violating the Equal Pay Act, to stop discrimination in the workplace. It makes sure the government enforces equal pay in its contracts, so that we're leading by (more…)