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TIME’S UP: “The Fight For Equal Pay Is About More Than a Paycheck”

Changing Laws & Policy, Equity, Federal Policy, Pay Equity, Safety

Twelve years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, which restored important protections against pay discrimination in the workplace. 

But more than a decade after its passage, women are still paid far less than men: on average, women make 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, Latinx women earn 55 cents, Native American women earn 60 cents, Black women earn 63 cents, and AAPI women earn 87 cents on the dollar. And multiple crises the pandemic, economic downfall, and caregiving crisis threaten to make the pay gap even worse. 

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement:

“The COVID-19 crisis has made one thing clear: we cannot build back our economy without ensuring that women can work with safety, equity, and dignity at work. But women, especially women of color, have long been undervalued and underpaid, a fact that has been made all too apparent right now. 

“Sexual harassment and pay inequities are integrally related. When women are paid little or are economically insecure, they are less likely to be able to leave jobs where they feel unsafe. And they are both a symptom and a cause of this imbalance of power that has held women particularly Black and Latinx women back for far too long. 

“Lilly Ledbetter understands that the fight for pay equity is about so much more than a paycheck it’s about women being treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. In honor of Lilly, and all those who have fought for a more just and equitable future, it’s long past time to close the pay gap for good.”


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.