77 cents. That’s how much the average American woman earns for each dollar a man makes for the same job. For African-American women, that figure is 64 cents. For Latinas, it’s just 53 cents.
98 days. That’s how far into 2014 a woman has to work to catch up to a man’s salary from the year before.
45 years. That’s how much longer it will take to close the gender pay gap at our current rate of progress.
The gender pay gap cuts across all ages, all incomes, all ethnicities, all education levels, every geographic region, and all but one of the 265 professions measured by the Department of Labor. It affects women with and without children, both married and unmarried. And it starts the moment young women enter the workforce—with female college graduates earning almost 20% less than the men they graduated with.
Fifty-one years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, there’s no excuse for these figures. We should be doing better. We cannot settle for sending our daughters and granddaughters into a world where their abilities are undervalued simply because of who they are.
Sadly, the current Congress is doing nothing to help. In the past 20 years, the gender pay gap has barely changed—and during the recession, it actually increased. But the GOP continues to block every effort at progress.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen penalties for wage discrimination and finally give workers the power to compare salaries without fear of reprisal. The bill has majority support in the Senate, but Republicans refuse to allow an up-or-down vote.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lift millions of Americans out of poverty—particularly women, who represent two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers. Even though more than 70% of Americans support the raising the minimum wage, Speaker Boehner refuses to bring the bill to the floor.
What does the GOP offer instead? Republicans in the House just introduced a budget that would raise military spending and cut $10.5 billion from WIC, the program providing nutrition assistance to low-income pregnant women.
Frankly, this is what happens when one political party treats women as nothing more than an afterthought. And make no mistake—every middle-class American family is paying the price for the GOP’s priorities. The gender pay gap costs the average working family $11,000 per year, pushing 3 million women into poverty, and shaving 2.9% off our GDP.
We can’t afford to wait another 50 years for progress. I refuse to wait. I came to Congress to fix a broken institution—an institution that has abandoned its duty to represent the American people. Please contribute to my re-election campaign today, and let’s change Congress together.
Thank you for all that you do.
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Congresswoman wants pensions for top brass rolled back – USA Today, by Tom Vanderbrook, January 10, 2013
Pensions for three- and four-star generals and admirals should be rolled back to pre-2007 levels, before Congress approved hikes of as much as 63% to the retirement packages of top brass, according to a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Sea level rise focus of conference: Federal, state, local officials to highlight potential impact on San Mateo County
December 07, 2013, 05:00 AM By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal
San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, are hosting a conference to address how San Mateo County can begin to prepare for the effects of sea level rise.
About 300 people have registered for Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County on Monday morning at the College of San Mateo. National, state and local officials and environmental experts will speak about the magnitude of the reported effects the county faces.