Earlier today, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. I am disappointed, but remain committed to the fight to ensure women are not treated as second-class citizens by employers who refuse to compensate them in a fair manner.
Here's a chilling fact: over 1 in 5 children spent the year in poverty. And unlike wages or productivity figures, that's not just an indicator of the economy right now. It's a forecaster of things to come. Children, after all, grow up.
If Walmart decided to use 100% of its operating profit to pay all of its employees more, the average store associate's salary would go from $20,000 to $30,000. A nice bump, certainly. But it would not be earth-shattering.