2 more days of seed-scattering to go!
So close! So close! Just over that hill, and we've made it 40 days together!
Seed of Inspiration
This video tells the story of one of the most underappreciated scientists in modern history, Marie Tharpe (July 30, 1920 – August 23, 2006), a geologist who was one of the scientists who created the first map of the entire ocean floor, and whose work ultimately led to the acceptance of plate tectonics.
Seed of Action
H.R.1869 — Paycheck Fairness Act
Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D - CT)
Bill Overview from Countable
This bill would revise existing enforcement mechanisms to prevent wage discrimination based on gender. Exceptions in laws that prohibit wage differences between men and women would be limited to bona fide factors — like education, training, or experience.
Defenses based on bona fide factors can only apply if the employer demonstrates that the factor in question:
- Is not based upon a gender-based differential for compensation;
- Is job-related with respect to the position in question;
- Is consistent with the needs of the business;
- Accounts for the difference in compensation.
This defense wouldn't apply when the employee can demonstrate that an alternative employment practice exists that serves the same business purpose without leading to a pay difference and their employer refused to adopt that practice.
The prohibition against employer retaliation for complaints by employees would be revised to bar retaliation for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing the wages of an employee in response to:
- A complaint or accusation of gender discrimination;
- An investigation, proceeding, hearing or other action;
- An investigation conducted by the employer.
It would be illegal to require employees to sign a contract or waiver preventing them from disclosing information about their wages. Employers who violate gender discrimination rules would be liable for civil compensatory or punitive damages — although the federal government would be exempt from paying the punitive fines.
The Dept. of Labor would be authorized to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a gender discrimination action. All such actions could be pursued as class action suits without the written consent of individual plaintiffs.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Compliance Programs would train EEOC employees, affected individuals and entities about wage discrimination. EEOC would issue regulations related to collecting compensation data from employers to analyze data regarding the gender, race and national origin of employees for use in the enforcement of federal laws prohibiting pay discrimination. Read the full text of the bill by clicking here...
- Call, email, or send a video to your representative today in support of H.R.1869 — Paycheck Fairness Act by using www.countable.us
- Tweet at your congressperson by finding their handle and phone number at www.callmycongress.com
- Drop a postcard or letter in the mail to your congressperson telling them why they should support this bill. Search for her/his mailing address by name here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
- Feeling extra seedy today? Why not do all three? For ALL your representatives!!!! Wahooo!
My love notes will be different for our final week. I'll be sharing a seed of wisdom and a seed of gratitude that I have picked up along our march. I hope you share yours with us by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org, posting them on our Facebook page, or tweeting them @seeedstoscatter!
Seed of Wisdom: I have learned -- again -- that when you take something on, you give something up. There are a finite number of hours in the day. When we say "yes" to one thing, we are necessarily saying "no" to something else. And that isn't a bad thing. I said "yes" with abandon to this project, but I want to start saying "no" more strategically. No, I don't need to make my kids muffins from scratch in order that I don't have to throw away those over-ripe bananas. No, I don't need to go out and buy an Easter wreath for my door. No, I don't need to volunteer to save your nonprofit, though it's a worthy cause.
Seed of Gratitude: I am so grateful to everyone who shared posts and emails with their friends. Before our march started, we had about 500 people signed up through the tireless effort of me and my core group of feminist friends. But because of YOUR sharing and inviting, that number doubled... overnight! I know it took a lot for some of you to do that because inviting others means that first we have to "out" ourselves as feminists in front of a diverse crowd -- opening ourselves to judgement -- and secondly, we have to play the role fem-evangelist, and it's nerve-wracking to try to "win someone" for the cause. So thanks to all of you who put yourselves out there and shared and invited others. Without you, we'd literally be half what we are!
And above all... scatter with love!