President Obama wasted an opportunity this week, and I’m willing to be the feminist advocate to say it. When he signed two executive orders extending critical provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, he addressed only some employment discrimination, and equality for some is not equality for women.
President Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday, National Equal Pay Day, that are designed to help close the gender wage gap for federal contractors, the day before Congress voted on whether to pass similar measures for the private sector as well.
The bills clarify when employers are allowed to pay differing wages, and ensure that employees are allowed to reveal how much they earn without being retaliated against.
The Department of Labor announced it was lifting rules put in place by the Bush administration that made investigating pay discrimination claims nearly impossible.
There is clear evidence that party affiliation, not just gender, are the driving forces behind whether a legislator supports tougher policy to ensure fair pay. However, some Republican women in the Senate have broken with their party in support of some pay equity legislation.
Come November 7th, there are deeper questions to be tackled by both the President and Congress regarding issues of poverty that disproportionately impact women.
As expected, the entire Republican body worked together to block an up or down vote.
On the eve of the Paycheck Fairness vote, the administration encourages putting pressure on the senate.
Unemployment benefits are running out, Paycheck Fairness dies in the Senate, and a must-see documentary on Wall Street and the economy.
Did the personal portfolios of individual Senators and the interests of companies who pay to elect them play a role in defeating the Paycheck Fairness Act?