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Blog: Equal Pay for Equal Work


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Dear Fellow Coloradan,

After urging the Senate to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2012, which promotes equal pay for women in the workplace, I'm glad to hear that this legislation will be brought to the Senate floor in a few weeks. I'm emailing you today to make sure you understand why the stakes are so high.

While the pay gap between men and women has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, many women are still paid less than their male colleagues even when they do the same work: on average, they make about 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. I promise to do my part in the Senate by helping to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and to continue to work on this important issue until the pay gap is closed.

Please help me convince my colleagues to vote in favor of this important bill. Sign my petition to end wage discrimination.

It is time we acknowledge the economic discrimination that has been endemic in our workplaces, where the very paychecks women receive undervalue the important contributions they make to our economy.

This sends a terrible message to women at work today and to the future generations of women professionals. I am worried that our state has a gender pay gap of 22 percent, regrettably 4.4 percent worse than the national average. And with more than 200,000 Colorado children wholly dependent on their mothers' earnings, the gender pay gap has very real implications for our state's youth.

Our mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters make the same, and oftentimes greater, sacrifices than their male counterparts while employed in a competitive work environment. As our economy continues to rebuild from the worst recession since the Great Depression, we must do more than simply acknowledge the value of their contribution. We must ensure they are fairly compensated. This legislation recognizes not only the importance of equal pay for equal work, but also the women whose businesses and income are fueling our economic recovery.

Sign my petition. Tell my Senate colleagues that this barrier to equality in the workplace can and must be shattered.

By closing the gender gap, we will send the message that your pay is not determined by the content of your chromosomes but by the quality of your work.

Warm regards,
Mark Udall

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