How can a 38-year-old television advertisement still be relevant? I would probably say the commercial was for a Twinkie or the awesomeness of the Beatles (celebrating 50 years now). Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with good music or a so-called pastry that might survive along with cockroaches after a nuclear war.
The ad features Batgirl swooping in to save a tied-up Batman and Robin with the ticking time-bomb! Wisely, Batgirl uses the moment to demand equal pay from Batman. At that time, women made 59 cents for every dollar a man earned at the same job. Today, women earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar. A major improvement, but not nearly enough progress after nearly a half century. We can and must do better!
Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act last week despite a majority of Senators in favor of the legislation. As Jessica Pieklo notes:
The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220) would have deterred wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to co-workers. Currently, employers can penalize and even fire employees for talking about their salaries.
You can sign this petition to tell the House of Representatives to support pay equal pay. Both chambers of Congress seem to have forward progress for women blocked by Republicans. Talk about a war on women!
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