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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

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Time is running out - Call now!

September 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Congress has only a few weeks left before it adjourns for the election - and the Senate still hasn't taken up the Paycheck Fairness Act. Time is running out, and women deserve - and need - fair pay.

But if we don't pass the Paycheck Fairness Act before the new Congress convenes in January, we'll have to start from scratch. A new Congress means we'll have to re- introduce the bill, push it through House and Senate Committees and then push for a full vote - if we're able to get that far.

If the Senate votes now, we can get the job done.

That's why we - along with allies across the nation - are in the midst of a week of action on Paycheck Fairness. Here are a few fun and easy ways you can tell your Senators to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act!

1. A phone call speaks louder than a thousand emails. We've made it easy: Just call 1- 877-667-6650 and follow the instructions. The system will find your Senators for you and give you tips on what to say.

2. Take action on Facebook! Encourage key Senators to help us pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this September by writing a message on their Facebook walls. We are focusing on four key Senators: Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA) , Byron Dorgan (D-ND) , and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). The beauty of it: you don't have to be their constituent to post on their wall. Click here for instructions >>

3. Tweet! Tweet! Twitter can be a fantastic way to spread the word. The key? Using hashtags that ensure that your tweet will show up in many searches, and including the Twitter 'handles' of the Members of Congress you're addressing - which ensures that your tweet will show up in their feed. Please use the #fairpay hashtag in all your tweets, and encourage your followers to retweet!

Here are some example tweets (OR, follow us on Twitter and simply retweet us!):

Natl gender #wagegap of $10,000+/yr - Pass the Paycheck #Fairness Act! #fairpay @senatorreid

@senbennelson @joelieberman

Pls RT: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act! @senatorcollins @ussenscottbrown @senatorreid @senbennelson @markwarner @joelieberman @lisamurkowski

African Am. women need #fairpay! w/o #wagegap, African Am. families cld afford extra 3 yrs worth of food/ 2yrs of rent http://bit.ly/cQeKvS

Wage Gap Hurts Hispanic Women & Families! w/ #fairpay, Hispanic wmn wld have extra $24,174/yr http://bit.ly/b6C5xY

The wagegap in VA: w/o the gap, women could afford two yrs' worth of food or 14 mths of rent http://bit.ly/9qa9aL @markwarner

Thanks for everything you do! Together, we can make change happen.


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