CHICAGO, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than five decades since the Equal Pay Act became law, the gender pay gap remains a reality. And it is increasingly clear that this disparity affects mothers far more severely, with the motherhood penalty proving to be a leading cause of the continued overall gender pay gap. Today a new campaign, Mom Up America, was launched to mobilize a nationwide network of women and supporters and drive lawmakers into action. In its first hours online, Mom Up America received more than 70,000 views.
Data shows that while our national gender pay gap improves year over year, the 29% wage penalty mothers face shows little sign of improving. Most young female professionals start their careers at near parity with men in wages, but then struggle to keep pace with men, particularly as they begin to juggle work and family life.
While the gender pay gap shows progress with women making an average of 82 cents for every dollar, mothers make an average of 71 cents and as little as 46 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts do. Studies have shown mothers earn an average of 7% and as much as 15% less per child; by comparison, fathers typically see their earnings increase after having a child.
Mom Up America was launched by Allison Robinson, founder of The Mom Project, a digital platform that creates new, flexible work opportunities with leading companies that allows women to remain engaged in both their careers and families.
"We have taken the time to speak to thousands of mothers who have shared with us what they need to remain in the workforce and achieve pay equity," said Robinson. "We hope this campaign both raises awareness and drives our elected leaders to action. Because without real policy changes, the numbers won't change and we will continue to send the message that mothers are worth less than they work for; we will send the message that women cannot be both successful mothers and professionals, that they must choose one: career or family. It's time for change. It's time for America to Mom Up."
Responses from those surveyed cited paid family leave, accessibility of flexible work and affordable child care as the most pressing needs and most important policy initiatives. The campaign's video and content encourages supporters to contact their legislators, pressing them to act in support of the policies.
The campaign's video content and call to action can be viewed at: momupamerica.com.
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SOURCE The Mom Project