July 11, 2016
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Urgent: Pay Equity Bill Up for

House Vote Thursday

The pay equity bill, S. 2119, is expected to finally reach the House floor for a vote this Thursday. Please take a few minutes now to call or email your state Representative and ask him or her to support this bill. You can find your Representative's contact information here.

When you contact your Representative, please indicate your support for the strong version of this bill that passed the Senate unanimously in late January.  The bill has been under consideration in the House Ways & Means Committee ever since.  There has been much pressure from businesses to block or weaken this bill.  Let your Representative know constituents support a strong pay equity bill, enacted NOW. 

The pay equity bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in payment of wages for comparable work.  This bill is needed because:
  • Women in Massachusetts make up almost half the workforce, and women who work full time earn only 80.8% of what men who work full time earn.
  • As of 2013, 40% of households with children under 18 include mothers who are sole or primary breadwinners for the family.
  • The wage gap, magnified over the course of a lifetime, can have a serious impact on the economic security of women and ethnic workers.
For more details on the bill, see our testimony before the legislature here.

There should be no question in 2016 that women deserve equal pay for equal work. It is past time to end the pay gap in Massachusetts.

Please contact your Representative today, and forward this email to friends asking them to do so as well.

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