Nationally, women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Sadly, this isn’t shocking.
What is shocking is that this translates into an average loss of $431,000 over the course of a 40-year career for women, according to the Center for American Progress. College educated women will see $723,000 in lost wages as a result of the wage gap.
What is also shocking is that women made up about two-thirds of all workers who were paid minimum wage or less in 2012, and 61 percent of full-time minimum wage workers. The federal minimum wage is just $7.25/hour - or $290 per 40-hour week. Considering that in 2010, 63.9% of women were either sole or co-breadwinners, it’s hard to imagine how a family could live on these wages.
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It’s time to raise the federal minimum wage.
Standard & Poor's estimates the federal government shutdown cost the US economy $24 billion. Why should the American people pick up the tab simply because a small faction of Congress refused to compromise?
There are 435 members in the US House and 100 members in the US Senate. Of those, 18 members of the US Senate and 144 members of the US House voted to keep the government shutdown. Here's how the math shakes out:
$44,859,813.08 per member of Congress
$148,148,148.15 per member who voted to keep the government shutdown
Mildred Schmelz commented on Thank you, Wendy Davis! 2013-06-27 16:32:52 -0400Thanks for standing for women’s rights.
Take a moment to thank Texas State Senator Wendy Davis for her courage and bravery last night:Send your thank you!
Just over a month after the Sequester began, President Obama joined Rep. Tammy Duckworth in taking a pay cut in solidarity with all the workers who would be seeing a significant cut in their pay due to the Sequester.
We thank President Obama for understanding that real people are hurt by this, but also call on Congress to Cancel Sequestration outright. It's time to work together and focus on getting our economy back on track.