Add Your Signature to the Petition Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

As I sit in my office on the eve of Thanksgiving, I am reflecting on the many things I have to be thankful about professionally this year – not the least of which is the fact that I work for an employer that steadfastly encourages and supports working women and advocates for fair pay.  However, I cannot properly appreciate how fortunate I am without considering the myriad of working women out there whose employers are not quite so enlightened.  After all, we still live in a country where women, on average, earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man and where gender based equal rights laws are held up in the halls of congress quite regularly.

While the U.S. has made huge strides in stamping out gender-based discrimination in wages and conditions of employment, we still have a good deal of work to do to ensure true equality among men and women in the workplace.  That fact makes it all the more frustrating when we hear politicians talking a good game about their support for equal pay during campaign season while their voting record shows an entirely different set of priorities.  This is exactly what Senator Mitch McConnell is doing.  In a recent statement, his spokesperson commented that “fair pay is more than a talking point” for Senator McConnell despite that he has repeatedly voted against fair pay legislation.

We certainly understand that not every legislator shares our opinion when it comes to legislation aimed at protecting employees’ right to be free from discrimination in the workplace.  However, if politicians want to campaign on workers’ rights, the least they could do is use their elected positions to support them.  If this sort of truth in campaigning is something that you all think is as important as we do, feel free to join in a petition asking Senator McConnell to publicly endorse the Paycheck Fairness Act.