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From: Laura W. Murphy, ACLU <>
Date: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM
Subject: Do the math

Because Freedom Can't Protect Itself
Dear ACLU Supporter,

Tell your senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act today!

If we push hard enough—and quickly enough—before Congress changes hands, we can end 2010 with a bold stroke for fairness.

Women who work full-time year-round still earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar men earn. That amounts to an average gap of over $10,000 per year.1

That's not right, and there's something you can to do right now to help fix it. The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work, and it is up for a vote in the Senate in just two days.

Write your senators right now. Urge them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

This bill has already passed the House of Representatives. And it is scheduled for a vote as soon as this Wednesday in the Senate. That's why we need you to take action right now.

The Paycheck Fairness Act is a measure that the American public—across the country and across all political parties—overwhelmingly supports. That's because so many women and families have direct experience with the injustice of unequal pay. The 6 out of 10 American families that count on women as primary or substantial breadwinners know what it's like when women don't bring home the paycheck they deserve.

So, what's the opposition to closing the wage gap? Some blame it on women themselves or argue it is about life choices, but that is not what this bill is all about. The goal of this common sense bill is simple: when women are at work, performing the same job as men, they shouldn't be paid differently based on their gender.

Let's override such nonsense and, in the closing days of this Congress, change the lives of women and families all across the country. Families need to bring home every dollar they rightfully earn—making pay equity even more necessary, not only to families' economic security, but also to the nation's economic recovery.

This Congress is about to adjourn, and in the coming year, stopping pay discrimination will not be at the top of the next Congress' agenda. So, our window of opportunity is very small. That's why we need you to take action before this vote on Wednesday.

Please write your senators right now because they need to hear from you before the vote. Tell them you want them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act right now.

Stand with the ACLU and families across the country. Write your senators today, and tell them they can make a difference in closing the wage gap.

Thank you for standing with us,

Laura Murphy Laura W. Murphy
Laura W. Murphy
Director, Washington Legislative Office

© ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004

  1. "Women's Lower Wages Worsen their Circumstances In a Difficult Economy," National Women's Law Center, April 2010.

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