Women deserve equal pay for equal work, and we’re organizing for women to achieve the economic equality and security they deserve.
That includes policies and solutions that address the breadth of challenges women face every day—like paid leave after childbirth and access to early childhood education—that are key to ensuring our nation’s economic security.
When women are paid less than men for the same work, it hurts our families and it hurts our economy. Women are currently the main breadwinner in a record-high 40% of households, but they make an average of just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.
The United States has no standard for paid leave after childbirth for working mothers. Only 51% of women overall have access to paid leave—and only 32% percent of women with a high school diploma have access.
Almost two thirds of minimum-wage workers are women, making an annual salary of less than $15,000 for full-time work. That means a family of four supported by a minimum wage worker lives below the poverty line. We should all be able to agree that in America, if you work full time, you shouldn't have to raise your family in poverty. If the minimum wage is raised to just $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25 per hour, millions of women would see an increase in their earnings.