Tell Governor Christie 42
years is too long to wait.
of us now working will be long-retired before equal pay for men and women is a
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.
Governor Christie, NJ needs the The New Jersey Pay Equity Act!
Dear [Decision Maker],