The time for pay equity is now!

Tell Governor Christie 42 years is too long to wait.

 

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Most of us now working will be long-retired before equal pay for men and women is a common practice.

In 2014, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21%.  The gap is even worse for Hispanic and African-American women.

If we do nothing, in 2058 – yes, 42 years from now – the gap in paychecks is expected to cease between men and women employed in the same occupations. That’s according to projections from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a think tank in Washington.

The rising number of women with college and advanced degrees helped narrow the pay gap yet women still need a doctoral degree to earn the same as a man with a bachelor’s degree.

Women’s earnings are more important to their families than ever.  More than 40% of children under 18 live in households where the mother is the sole breadwinner.

Working women of all ages continue to encounter attitudes and business practices that arbitrarily limit their employment opportunities and earning power. These practices can jeopardize their financial security, both while working and in retirement.   The income gap translates directly to lower income from Social Security and pensions - since those benefits are determined by wage history.  This income gap hampers the capacity of women workers to save for retirement. And since women typically live longer than men, savings often must be stretched across more years of retirement.

While the wage gap is narrower than it was 50 years ago when women earned 60 cents for every dollar a man earned, it’s time to update our laws and accelerate the pace of change. 

Please call Governor Christie and urge him to sign legislation, (S992), that will strengthen efforts to eliminate pay inequity by establishing pragmatic and measured improvements to our current laws and provide those experiencing wage discrimination with formidable tools to remedy wrongs that have gone on for too long.  

Please send a message to Governor Christie.

Urge him to sign S992 and do the right thing for New Jersey's women and families. 

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Governor Christie, NJ needs the The New Jersey Pay Equity Act!

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