Dems pushing for Comparable worth law
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden challenged male senators opposed to the Paycheck Fairness Act to “step up” and vote for it — or explain their opposition to “women you say you care about.”
“It is an issue [on which] you’re going to have to look into the eyes of your granddaughters and ... the young women you have hired ... and say, ‘You know, when it came time, I didn’t step up,’” Biden said at a Middle Class Task Force event at the White House. “I really mean it. Because I can tell you, some of the guys who voted against Title IX, they had to look at their daughters and granddaughters and answer that question.”
Biden spoke at a White House event designed to boost support for the legislation, which would guarantee that men and women are paid the same wages for the same jobs. Members of the White House Council on Women and Girls joined Biden’s call to end “pay discrimination.”
“Women make up nearly half of all workers on U.S. payrolls, and two-thirds of families with children are headed either by two working parents or by a single parent who works,” Biden said. “Closing the gender pay gap, helping parents keep their jobs while balancing family responsibilities and increasing workplace flexibility — these are not only women’s issues; they are issues of middle-class economic security.” . . .