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WLCN Encouraged by President Obama’s State of Union Embrace of Equal Pay for Women
President embarrassed in 2014 that women make only 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. Can America’s families expect poverty to end?
The President informed the American people that the government will lead by example. In the coming weeks he will issue an executive order that the federal wage minimum be raised to $10 hour. He went on to ask businesses of all sizes and industry to begin the process of raising wages without a federal mandate, but he also put on the table the fact that a federal discussion could be forthcoming to address businesses being mandated to achieve pay parity as the federal government is doing. He was hopeful that many businesses would take it upon themselves to follow the lead of the government and make the necessary pay increases. Obama stated pay parity would be good for individuals doing the work, businesses increasing their productivity and moral and the overall increase to the economy.
Today the wage in government is 10% less than when Ronald Reagan was in office. The President wants everyone to “Say Yes to give America a raise. It will help America, it will help the economy,” the President stated.
WLCN believes 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.