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PathWays PA E-Newsletter: 20 April 2009

Sign a Letter in Support of Fair Pay!

Working with a coalition of over 250 organizations, WOW wants to help build congressional support that will lead to the passage of pay equity legislation. Women working full-time, year-round are paid only about 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. The numbers are worse for women of color: 69 cents for African-American women and 59 cents for Latinas. Adding your voice to the fight in Washington can make a difference.

The sign-on letter for national and state organizations in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, S.182, remains open. To add your organization, please to go to the National Women's Law Center website at, or e-mail Kolbe Franklin at

Support Pennsylvania Tuition Relief Act & Make College Affordable for All Pennsylvanians

There is a real need to make college, particularly community college, more affordable for Pennsylvanians. PAACE now has an online petition supporting the Governor's plan to provide tuition relief to incoming freshman at community colleges. Visit to sign on or learn more.


Equal Pay Day Rally!

Come and support the Equal Pay Day Rally and visit your representatives in Harrisburg.

When: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009, 9:30 A.M.


This year Katharine M. Watson from the 144th Legislative District will be chairing the Rally.

Questions? Please call or email: Barb Schmouder, President BPW/PA, at (570) 398-0125, or


Join NCTC by Calling Your Representative and Opposing H.R. 1214- Stop Predatory Lending!

Oppose H.R. 1214! This is a bill that will effectively legitimize predatory lending by capping interest rates at 391%, undermine current reform efforts in states around the country, and fail to eliminate current loopholes.

Make calls to your representative opposing H.R. 1214 and supporting a 36% interest rate cap (S. 500 / H.R. 1608). Take the lead in targeting your Members on the House Financial Services Committee - where H.R. 1214 is currently under review. Click here for NCTC Talking Points on H.R. 1214; click here for a list of Committee Members; and click here for a list of Co-Sponsors.


Urge Senators Casey and Specter to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act!

The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) would be a critical step forward in the fight for fair pay for women. Women were paid 77.8 cents for every dollar paid to men in 2007; African American women 68% of what men were paid; and Hispanic women 59% of what men were paid. The wage gap has been improving at a rate of less than half a cent per year since 1963, when women were paid 58.9 cents for every male dollar. Without stronger measures to promote equal pay, and assuming the same slow rate of improvement, the gender wage gap would not close completely until around 2058.

Join the National Partnership for Women and Families by sending these letters to Senator Specter and Casey, urging them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Click here to access the letter to Senator Casey, and click here to access the letter to Senator Specter.


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