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DeLauro Uses New Report To Push For Paycheck Fairness

by Madeline Stocker | Jul 20, 2014 1:02pm
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Posted to: Congress, Economics, Equality, Jobs, Labor

A newly-released report contains evidence that closing the gender pay gap would both improve women’s Social Security benefits and strengthen the program’s finances.

The report, which was released by social justice organization Social Security Works, details the relationship between the lifetime earnings and Social Security benefits, with data showing that women age 65 or older received an average Social Security benefit of $12,520 in 2012, compared to $16,396 for their male counterparts.

This discrepancy is extended to disability and life insurance benefits as well as retirement benefits, all of which are the effects of paycheck inequality, according to the report.

“The data clearly show that women make less than men in nearly every occupation for which wage data are tracked,” the report said. “Even after taking into account college major, occupation, economic sector, experience, selectivity of one’s undergraduate institution, GPA and many other factors, women still earn 7 percent less than men one year out of college, and 12 percent less 10 years out.”

Cumulatively, the average career pay gap between men and woman is $220,000 over a 35-year career, with a $3,876 yearly difference in Social Security benefits.

For U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, paycheck inequality remains one of the nation’s more pertinent issues.

“It’s the foundation on which the middle class was built,” DeLauro said. “Today, women make just 77 cents for every dollar made by a man for equal work. Seven in 10 Americans believe that women deserve equal pay. We have the power to pass this legislation, we just need the political will.”

DeLauro, who has introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act every year since 1997, said that paycheck inequality affects women of color more than any other racial background.

“The gender pay gap is particularly bad for women of color,” DeLauro said. “While the average American woman gets 77 cents for every dollar made by a man, African American women only get 62 cents, and Hispanic women only 72 cents. Without Social Security benefits, the average poverty rate for women is one in 10. For African American and Hispanic women, it’s one in five.”

In Connecticut, even women who have Social Security are subject to poverty. Among the 178,276 family households in the state headed by women, about 25 percent of those families, or 44,391 households, have incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to a report by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

“It’s even worse for the two out of every five women living on their own,” DeLauro said last week when the report was released.

Though DeLauro and other many other of the nation’s voters have expressed their support for paycheck equality there are still many who oppose it.

According to the Republican National Committee, who posted a 2014 press release titled “The Misleading Paycheck Fairness Act,” the PFA is nothing but a “desperate political ploy.”

“This law will not create ‘equal’ pay, but it will make it nearly impossible for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience, reduce flexibility in the workplace, and make it far easier to file frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of trial lawyers. Ultimately, this bill will hurt all workers, especially women.”

The release went on to say that the 77 cents per dollar statistic is misleading, and that the “dishonest rhetoric” and “inaccurate math” used by the Democratic party is nothing but the party’s “latest political ploy.”

Though such opposition has prevented the legislation from moving forward, DeLauro is confident that the Paycheck Fairness Act will pass in the future, as it has already passed the House in 2007 and 2009, but “came just a few votes shy” in the Senate.

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posted by: MaleMatters | July 20, 2014  7:06pm

No doubt most pay-equity advocates think employers are greedy profiteers who’d hire only illegal immigrants for their lower labor cost if they could get away with it. Or who’d move their business to a cheap-labor country to save money. Or replace old workers with young ones for the same reason. So why do these same advocates think employers would NOT hire only women if, as they say, employers DO get away with paying females at a lower rate than males for the same work?

Here are two significant, telling examples showing that some of America’s most sophisticated women choose to earn less than male counterparts:

“...[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelor’s degree from a top school are working full time.” It “is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations’ top ranks.” http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/why-women-are-leaving-the-workforce-in-record-numbers/

“In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejka’s 2005 survey.” ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/03/26/bil10326.htm (See also “Female Docs See Fewer Patients, Earn $55,000 Less Than Men” http://finance.yahoo.com/news/female-docs-see-fewer-patients-172100718.html)

A thousand laws won’t close those gaps.

“Does the Ledbetter Act Help Women?” malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | July 21, 2014  7:37am

DrHunterSThompson

good points MM.  it really is a tired subject ......

when will new haven stop voting for DeLauro anyway, speaking about a tired subject .........?

HST

posted by: christopherschaefer | July 21, 2014  8:47am

DeLauro: “Today, women make just 77 cents for every dollar made by a man for equal work”—a “statistic” which has been disproved time and time again, ever since DeLauro first began ranting about it, for example: http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-the-senate-pass-the-paycheck-fairness-act/paycheck-fairness-act-is-based-on-a-misapplied-statistic .
The fact that Rosa DeLauro would continue to quote such false information underscores her desperate willingness to use any deceptive means to support her perpetual re-election.
“inequality affects women of color more than any other racial background”. Which begs the question: Why should ‘women of color’ continue to support a politician who has been unable to improve the overall economic status of CT’s minorities despite 24 years in Congress—24 years during which Democrats and Republicans took turns holding the House majority as well as the White House?  If voters REALLY want to start changing some statistics for the better, then it’s time to get rid of ineffective Representatives. And a good place to begin would be getting rid of Rosa DeLauro.

posted by: QuestionMark | July 21, 2014  12:05pm

The GOP called it the “The Mizleading Fairness Act” as dishonest rhetoric” and “dishohest math “used by the Democratic Party” and shown specifically being promoted by Rosa DeLauro,

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 21, 2014  1:46pm

Elizabeth Warren and Rosa need to go through a history lesson.

I may be wrong and may be wishful thinking but I am getting this feeling that the more people like Warren and DeLauro speak out, the more people become aware of the lines between left and far left that Conservatives scream about, and are getting a queezy feeling about these far left ideas.

I say “keep it up” and shout from the rooftops. As people are unemployed longer, as airliners get blown out of the sky, keep touting fairness in pay, welcome the illegal immigrants, and push LGBT issues on religious businesses as the primary messages.

By the way, I know that more people are figuring out the left’s Hobby Lobby lies and that’s backfiring on them for sure. Patricia Ireland is making a fool of herself on Meghan Kellys show whe she cant answer simple questions about the 4 drugs Hobby Lobby didn’t want to provide and she tries to make them equal to the 16 they will.

posted by: QuestionMark | July 21, 2014  2:57pm

DeLauro can’t stop wasting taxpayer money and today she wants “Extended Beef Tracking” also to make it appear she is doing something other than wasting taxpayer money.  She joins Murphy and Blumenthal as play actor’s at attempting to make it appear they are doing something when they continue to waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money daily to effectively
do a con job on their constituents.

posted by: art vandelay | July 21, 2014  9:02pm

art vandelay

If the voters of the 3rd Congressional District have have their say, Rosa DeLauro will be the second Congressperson to pass on at her desk in the House Chamber.  John Quincy Adams was the first. She has the seat for as long as she wants it.  Voters in the 3rd District would vote for Castro, Stalin, Capone, Mao, Pol Pot, Nixon or even Hitler as long as they were Democrats.

posted by: justsayin | July 21, 2014  9:30pm

This is the “hope” part of hope and.change. Usless legislation hoping it passes. Why is she still in office.

posted by: art vandelay | July 22, 2014  8:31am

art vandelay

Since her election in 1990, Rosa Delauro has yet to pass one bill she has sponsored while in office.  She has made millions from her husbands lobbying firm. She is now one of the richest members in the House.  She is just a mouthpiece for the progressive socialists who run the Democrat Party.  She could care less about the people she represents, yet is elected overwhelming every two years.  Why the voters in the 3rd Congressional District keep voting for her is beyond my comprehension.

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 22, 2014  10:30am

Hey she also supported Obamacare. Here is some breaking news on that. Then again us right wingers didn’t know what we were talking about as it related to subsidies.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101819065

posted by: CT Jim | July 22, 2014  1:42pm

Somebody need to tell Joebigjoe that it was a two judge panel comprised of 2 right wing jurists. It will never make it by the DC circuit. lol He should read the entire story before doing his jig.

posted by: CT Jim | July 22, 2014  1:49pm

You can stop dancing now Joebigjoe. The 4th district court of appeals just ruled the subsides are upheld. You were saying?

posted by: GBear423 | July 22, 2014  2:09pm

GBear423

@ Questionmark-  Well said! very well said.

and agree with Joe, pass those ladies the microphone! get the TV crew and get them on a national pulpit. Just after they are done with their “issues” show a collage of real issues we face daily domestically and our failing foreign policy across the globe.

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 22, 2014  2:30pm

Thank you Jim. I am well aware of that but also well aware that if this goes to the SCOTUS, the finding in the law would mean that these subsidies do not stand.

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 22, 2014  6:08pm

As I stated and as CNN reported

“The opposing rulings increased the chances for the issue to reach the nation’s highest court”

posted by: QuestionMark | July 23, 2014  9:05am

GBeard423:  McKinney is essentially dividing the Republican Party and helping Malloy. Being the long-shot challenger has made him a very desperate contender.

posted by: Christopher55 | July 24, 2014  11:24pm

Paycheck Fairness Act? Rosa, time for you to step aside.