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WLCN Position Statement on Women’s Equal Pay 50 Years after the Equal Pay Act
Pay Parity should be an Economic Issue, not a Women’s Issue. Equal Pay Act signed into law by John F. Kennedy, on June 10, 1963, so why do women continue to get 54% less than men?
"We believe that Women’s Equal Pay is an economic issue that needs to be addressed in whole and not in part. “When an issue, like a body part, is attributed to a group or sect its stimulation and memory are soon forgotten; whereas when an issue is afforded benefit of the whole population its disposition is of greater consequence. That is why women continue to languish far behind men in paycheck fairness, which was voted on in June 2013, and lost by only 60 votes in the Senate, although the issue was signed into law 50 years ago. “The implementation is only as great as the consequence”
WLCN agrees with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y, as stated on CBS Morning News, June 10, 2013, that “It's not only about women but the middle class, and if you're not paying a woman dollar for dollar for the exact same work you're not really tapping the full potential of the economy," "And why wouldn't you tap the full potential of 52 percent of the resources of the women of this country?” If you paid women dollar for dollar, you could raise the GDP by up to 9 percent."
WLCN proposes that we reframe the discussion to assure success on this issue, this issue is about economics. 40% of household are headed by women and 70% of those are operating at $3000 below the poverty level.
WLCN is working to help our Senatorial and Congressional leaders create a 3-part agenda 1). Give Women 100% pay parity 2). Create transition mechanisms for business to provide pay parity to women and provide performance measurements to align results that will 3). Rebuild communities to a flourishing model and restore the U.S. to economic prominence domestically and globally.