Equal Pay Day
In 2009, more women were in the workforce than men. More men than women had lost their jobs. With more families relying on women’s paychecks, the United States must address the wage gap for the sake of American families and their financial stability.
Here are four ways to close the pay gap:
> Keep affirmative action programs in place. We must make sure education, jobs and promotion opportunities are open and offered to both qualified women and men.
> Ensure that employers adhere to fair pay practices and follow the U.S. Department of Labor’s equal pay self-audit guidelines.
> Women must advocate for themselves and others. They should require employers to have written policies that include pay and benefits policies, job descriptions and evaluation procedures to ensure they are equal for both women and men.
> Be aware of federal legislation such as the Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness.
Pay equity is a growing national movement. States around the country are introducing pay equity legislation and women continue to recognize the importance of this legislation. At the rate we are going, the wage gap will not close for another 50 years. Women and their families cannot afford to wait that long.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:39