In concert with other social justice partners, NASW, on April 20, 2010 observed Equal Pay Day by calling for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.12/S.182). Equal Pay Day highlights salary inequity endured by women across America and seeks to eliminate the wage gap between men and women through meaningful federal legislation.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and dismantle wage disparity evidenced by women who successfully perform comparable work that is occupationally equivalent to men. This injustice and discriminatory practice is a continuing threat to the welfare of families who rely solely on women’s wages to survive. The impact of this inequality increases over the years, as women experience poverty and personal wage deficits that extend to individual savings, pensions, unemployment benefits and even Social Security.
NASW will continue to advocate for women’s economic security and fairness in the workplace by seeking enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Association urges Congress to support the efforts of Social Workers as we advance public policies that alleviate intolerance and promote equality for all.