Passing legislation that addresses the gender wage gap is an important step towards women’s equality. We support legislation that advances women’s and minorities rights through fair wages, provides education and training, maintains a healthy work environment, and is inclusive. Here are four bills that you can take action today by urging your representatives to support!
- Fair Workweek Chicago Ordinance – Chicago’s economy is fueled by growth in retail, food service, hospitality and healthcare. But too many people working in these hourly service jobs can’t keep up with unpredictable, last-minute fluctuating workweeks over which they have no control. These practices have caused profound insecurity for working families, making it difficult to predict income from week to week, make time for school or care for children. Working families deserve a fair workweek, with enough hours at decent pay to support our families, keep healthy and build thriving communities. Sign this petition to support this ordinance today.
- HB0009, Paid Maternity Act, introduced by Rep. Mary Flowers, would require private employers with 50 or more employees to provide 6 weeks of paid leave for an employee who takes leave. Family caregiving responsibilities, particularly motherhood, can lead to interruptions in career paths for women and can have an impact on long-term earnings. Establishing an appropriate amount of maternity leave reduces the need for a women to be forced into making a choice between work and children during a pivotal life time event. Call, email or write your IL State Representative and your IL State Senator today to support this bill.
- SB73, Illinois Equal Pay “No Salary History” Act, introduced by State Senator Cristina Castro, will strengthen the existing Illinois Equal Pay Act by making it illegal for an employer to ask about prior wages of applicants, which is a common hiring practice that contributes to the gender wage gap by perpetuating income inequalities, particularly against women and people of color. HB834, introduced by Rep. Anna Moeller, passed in the House. Call, email or write your IL State Senator today to support this bill.
- S.270, The Paycheck Fairness Act is a proposed United States labor law that would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address the gender pay gap in the United States. HR7 passed the House. Call, email or write your US Senator today to let them know you support this bill.
This year, Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table theme is a Memo to the Mayor: a real and tangible way to let Chicago’s new mayor and her administration know how to prioritize what people want. Send a postcard or letter to our new mayor encouraging her to support Chicago’s New Deal for All Women and Girls, an initiative that focuses on making Chicago a more equitable and inclusive place for women and girls and Chicago for CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which addresses important issues such as: equal pay for women, elimination of violence against women, and support for families and caregivers.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
121 N LaSalle St, #507
Chicago, IL 60602