Condemn GOP Senator Who Voted Against Equal Pay

Target: Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire

Goal: Condemn Senator Ayotte for voting against equal pay legislation.

Women in full-time year-round jobs still earn less income than their male counterparts, but Senator Kelly Ayotte does not feel this is a problem that can be rectified by through legislation. The New Hampshire Republican Senator recently stated that she voted against a regulation proposed to stop businesses from skirting federal equal pay law because she believes that Congress has already done enough to ensure women in the workforce are paid fairly.

According to Ayotte, existing laws that are intended to minimize the gender pay gap must be enforced before new laws are laid out. Clearly, however, laws that are already in place are doing little to equalize wages, since women are still not making as much money as their male counterparts. Further legislation to ensure that employers have no way of dodging laws already in place is therefore necessary. Senator Ayotte’s argument against the legislation, and her reasons for voting against the bill, are irrational, illogical, and promote unfair treatment of women in the workforce.

Sign the petition below to condemn Senator Kelly Ayotte for her unfortunate stance on equal wage legislation.


Dear Senator Ayotte,

Recently, you stated that you voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill intended to ensure that employers were forced to abide by equal pay laws. Your reason for voting against the legislation was that you believe Congress has already done enough to ensure women in the workforce are paid fairly. You stated that current laws needed to be enforced before new ones were introduced.

Senator Ayotte, how do you propose current laws – which give employers many loopholes to take advantage of – succeed without further legislation? No bill or act is perfect in and of itself, and often further legislation is required to ensure that all parts of a bill are obeyed. Your suggestion that current laws must be enforced before new laws are created is irrational, illogical, and naive. It ignores the reality of the current wage gap situation, and suggests that you find the subject of equal pay unimportant.

I am writing today to condemn you for your stance on equal pay legislation, particularly since you are a woman in the workforce. I am disappointed and disturbed that you do not take this matter more seriously.


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