Tammy Baldwin Pushes For Equal Pay With New Website

Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin, who is running for the senate seat vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl’s retirement, has always made equal rights a key part of her platform.  But now she is actively pushing Congress to stop paying lipservice to the idea of equal pay for equal work, and finally eliminate gender discrimination in payrolls once and for all.

Baldwin is launching a new website dedicated to pushing for fair pay, which she has unveiled today.  The site allows anyone to add his or her name to a petition demanding Congress pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that will greatly help women ensure fair pay for equal work.

“We passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women who have been victims of pay discrimination — now, it’s time to take the next step,” Baldwin said in an email. “It’s time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women have the resources they need. The ability to know they’re being properly compensated. Women shouldn’t have to wait to fight for back pay. They deserve more.”

“The Republican hopefuls for Senate have called the economic and health care issues that are important to women ‘a distraction,’” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Maggie Brickerman said Wednesday. “Congressional action on the Paycheck Fairness Act is a test for the Republican candidates. They all need to show Wisconsin women whether they are standing with them, or are they standing with congressional Republicans and putting political partisanship ahead of fairness for the middle class and equal pay for women.”

Although the site and her efforts are focused on Wisconsin women, paycheck disparity is an issue regardless of your state, and Baldwin hopes that the online push will show Congress, especially the Republicans who have been blocking the bill, that women will not be silent when it comes to fairness in the workplace.  According to the Center for American Progress, over a 40 year career the average woman makes $434,000 less than men for comparable work.  That’s nearly half a million dollars lost just for being female.

The Paycheck Fairness Act will be voted on next week.




Photo credit: TammybaldwinWI on Flickr


Dan L.
Dan L7 years ago

I can't wait until some statistically illiterate idiot brings up the 77 cent stat.

That statistic does not mean women get the pay for doing the same job, if you believe that is the case, you can kiss your career as a statistician goodbye.

While I was in grad school, we did a project on a lawsuit that occurred at U. of Washington. We found, that even when all OTHER factors are taken into account there was a difference between male and female pay. However, we also found that the vast majority of the difference was due to other factors than sex.

Women don't need to cite an inaccurate statistic to prove a point. Even though regression takes much of the wind out of the difference, there is still a difference. Hopefully we will see this change in the next 20 years.

John S.
John Steinsvold7 years ago

An Alternative to Capitalism (providing equal rights for women)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative".
She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider.
Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?"
which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:


John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
~ Albert Einstein

Jerry B.
Jerry B.7 years ago

No advocate for women's pay equity will answer this question:

Why would "greedy, profit-obsessed" employers hire only illegal immigrants for their cheaper labor cost if they could get away with it, but do NOT hire only women if, as the advocates say, they DO get away with paying them less than men for the same work?

Some advocates blurt out, "Because employers like men more!"

Sure -- greedy, profit-obsesssed employers pay based on how much they like you! Only someone lacking even minimal insight into how market forces work would say that. (Actually, my hunch is that it could be said that most employers like women, given that most seem to donate more money to women's health issues than to men's. And many employers hire more women than men, even though this hiring discrimination is never mentioned. Walmart is a good example: see article on Walmart at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/taking-apart-the-walmart-sex-bias-class-action-lawsuit/)

See "Will the Ledbetter Act Help Women?" at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/


Women's “77 cents to men's dollar” does NOT mean women are paid less than men in the same jobs. Nor does it mean that, even more incredibly in the vein of “men are stronger than women” (which means to many that every man is stronger than every woman), every woman earns 23% less than every man, perhaps leading some of the more benighted and the blinde

J.L. A.
JL A7 years ago

Thank you Ms. Baldwin. Given that WI's governor just made it harder for women to bring employment discrimination cases, this issue is especially important to WI women.

christian g.
Christian Gagnon7 years ago

equal pay for work of equal value is bs. firstly, it assumes that males were paid what they were worth over the past century. do liberals believe soldiers, miners, cops etc with the most dangerous jobs have been paid fairly? ironically and hypocritically this comparison to males is sexist because it uses men as the standard by which women are judged which of course pseudo liberals will tolerate to the extent that it serves them. should males all be compensated for their fathers being under payed? second, it pole vaults over the small matter of whether some pointed headed bureaucrat can possibly assign value to occupations in a credible and reliable way. then it ignores the fact that all sorts of males like me who worked in 'female dominated' fields are going to get this increase and not women in traditionally male dominated jobs.

Jeffrey H.
Jeffrey H.7 years ago

Republican Congresswomen unanimously rejected Equal Pay for Equal Work for women -- they should have NO objections to having their compensation dramatically reduced to a fraction of what their male counterparts receive.
That would be public service at it finest and helpful in reducing the national budget deficit as their sense of fiscal responsibility requires of them.

Abbe A.
Azaima A7 years ago