Hillary Clinton showed up on FDL today. I was out so I missed it, but the thread
is up and I encourage you to take a look. Here’s just a part of her post. It
was on a very important subject, equal pay that guarantees genuine equal respect for women.

If men in this country were paid just 77 cents for every dollar that women
were paid for the same work, what do you think would happen?

Mass protests? Editorial outrage? Immediate Congressional action?

I think all of the above. And more.

But women have been paid less than men for decades, and we are still fighting
for this fundamental inequity to be remedied.

Equal Pay Day is the day we recognize that we have a long way to go before
women’s pay catches up with men. It’s a powerful reminder that even though
we’ve made a lot of progress toward equality, there is so much work left to
do.

I introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress to help close the pay
gap. It would toughen the penalties for violating the Equal Pay Act, to stop
discrimination in the workplace. It makes sure the government enforces equal
pay in its contracts, so that we’re leading by example. It prohibits employers
from retaliating against employees who share information about their salaries.
Did you know you can be fired for talking to your fellow employees just to
find out if you’re being treated fairly?

The Paycheck Fairness Act would require the Department of Labor to keep collecting
and publishing information about women workers — information the Bush
administration has stopped collecting. One more step they’ve taken toward
making Washington an evidence-free zone!

This bill is an important step forward for women and our families. I couldn’t
even get a hearing on it in the Republican controlled Congress, but this month
the Senate HELP committee had our first hearing on the wage gap and began
considering legislative action. … ..

Equal
Pay, Equal Respect