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The Need for the Paycheck Fairness Act Explained in 93 Seconds

Even one of the richest self-made women in the world knows what it’s like to face pay discrimination.

We’ll let Oprah take it from here:

Despite the persistent pay gap and plenty of evidence that we need better laws to address pay discrimination, Republicans in Congress seem perfectly content to sit by and do nothing. Last year, Senate Republicans killed the Paycheck Fairness Act with a filibuster and just yesterday House Republicans blocked a move by Democrats to force a vote on the bill.

Luckily, there is a procedure that can allow the minority in the House to get a vote on a bill over the objections of the majority. If 218 members of the House sign a petition, then Speaker Boehner has to allow vote. In order to try and move the bill, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) launched just such a petition. All we need is about 20 Republicans to stand up for women and equal pay in order to get a vote on this important bill.

BOTTOM LINE: If women aren’t getting equal pay for equal work then they aren’t truly equal. It’s time for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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