Paycheck Fairness Vote a Positive Step Toward Full Equality

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2014 — In response to today’s Senate vote advancing the Paycheck Fairness Act, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We are pleased by today’s Senate vote to proceed on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199). This vote marks a significant step toward addressing the longstanding obstacles to women’s economic security and broader equality and participation in our society. The persistent lack of pay equity is offensive to all who believe in our nation’s commitment to the fundamental equality of women and men as well as equality of opportunity for all. This inequity is also offensive us as Reform Jews and as moral people who believe in the dignity of work and fair compensation (Leviticus 19:13). We look forward to the bill’s final passage in both the Senate and House and the day when all workers are paid justly for their work.

Published: 09/10/2014

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