Sample Letter to the Editor
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 thousands
of women from across the United States will join in
a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal
Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the new
year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages
paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level,
women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man
is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, because
women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay.
At a time when America's economy is facing a downturn, every penny counts! Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates that the wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her lifetime. As a working woman, I am extremely concerned about pay inequity not only for myself, but for my family.
Fair pay takes real change! And we
can make a difference. Here in (name of your City/County) we will join hundreds of other organizations across
the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity
and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. In (insert
name of City/County), we will be accepting a Proclamation
from the (insert name of City Council/Commission/County
Commission, etc), acknowledging Tuesday, April 9, 2013 as Equal Pay Day in (insert name of City/County). The proclamation will further encourage the business
community to review their pay practices to ensure that
women are not discriminated against in (insert name
of City/County), by performing an Equal
Pay Self-Audit provided by the U.S. Department of
Labor's Women's Bureau.
NOTE: This is a sample letter.
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