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Equal Pay for Equal Work

Marisa, although excluded from U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Lowell and Boston events promoting a Democratic women’s economic agenda, is the only candidate in this race who has direct experience with the issues affecting women.  

When it comes to discrimination against women and equal pay, DC Republicans and Democrats alike are trying to sell you on the notion that the Paycheck Fairness Act will magically make everything equal. It’s a Congressional speciality — pass a law that purports to be a panacea when really it is just a band-aid. 

The Senators and Representatives pat each other on the back and count the money that rolls into their “war on women” campaign coffers. That way they get to appear as if they are doing something for women, when really they are just handing out band-aids, and small ones at that. 

Marisa does support parts of the proposed Act.  The most important pieces of the bill are the ones that ensure that wage discrimination cases are treated in the same way as race and ethnicity discrimination cases. 

The Paycheck Fairness Act won’t change the true problem, and that is the segregation of jobs by gender.  Jobs done mostly by women are often paid much less than comparable jobs done by men. The jobs have the same skill, responsibility, effort and working conditions and the only real difference in the jobs is that the higher-paying job is done by men, and the other job is done by women. 

Marisa supports Equal Pay for Equal and Comparable Work. As a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, she led a group to Beacon Hill, and for the first time in 11 years, the bill was voted out of committee favorably and garnered the written support of the Governor. That was as a volunteer. Imagine what she can do for you in Congress!

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