Pay Equity

Women have made great strides in America, but still make only 76 cents for every dollar paid to men. As a mother and a grandmother, Murray wants her children to live in a country where all children can grow up and be treated equally. 

This wage disparity is a life-long problem for women, because it follows them into retirement. Women are twice as likely to live in poverty over age 65. Women are more dependent upon Social Security for a greater percentage of their retirement income. And because of lower lifetime wages, many women are unable to contribute to private pensions or retirement savings.

  • Murray was a strong supporter of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act out of the Senate. This legislation would reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co that seriously undermined the laws that protect workers against pay discrimination.  She was pleased that this legislation was signed into law in January of 2009. 
  • Since 1996, Senator Murray has cosponsored the Fair Pay Act, legislation that would prohibit wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race or national origin.
  • Senator Murray has consistently fought to prevent the Bush Administration from rolling back efforts to fight the wage gap.

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