Equal Pay

It’s time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

On March 9, 2023, the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 17/ S. 728) was reintroduced in Congress. AAUW calls on all elected officials to listen to voters, who overwhelming support pay equity, and work to pass this important bill.

You’ve heard the statistics — on average, women working full time in the United States are paid just 84% of what men are paid, and the gap is even wider for many women of color.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would take meaningful steps to update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to help close the gender pay gap, including:

  • closing loopholes that have weakened the law over time to allow employers to justify paying workers unfairly,
  • creating more robust remedies for those who have suffered discrimination,
  • preventing employers from retaliating against workers who discuss or disclose their wages,
  • prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to set wages.

It’s time for Congress to make real change for all families by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Act now:

  • Click HERE to send them a letter.  O go to: https://www.aauw.org/act/two-minute-activist/paycheck-fairness/
  • Call your members of Congress through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at
    (202) 224-3121. Be sure to include important information in your message:
    Hello, I am a constituent from [your city/state] and I am calling to urge the [Sena- tor/Congressperson] to do their job and support and ensure swift passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.This critical legislation can help women, their fam- ilies, and our overall economy by guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.

• Please ask your friends and family to also take action!