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January 6, 2009

What’s Equal Pay for Women, etc., got to do with your phone? Credo.

People always ask me why I don’t get an iPhone. It’s ’cause I choose to ‘consciously consume’—to direct some of my hard-earned dollars to support an affordable, altruistic phone company I don’t have to hate, Credo (formerly Working Assets), which gives money and raises awareness on worthy causes like the below, which just popped in my inbox:

48 Hours to help make Equal Pay for Women a new reality.

Dear friend,

Last year, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to force an up-or-down vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would mandate that women receive equal pay for equal work. You took action then to help this important cause; now, with a new session of Congress in place, we’re ready to take up the fight again. The first step is in the House, which is expected to vote on this crucial legislation in the next forty-eight hours.

With President-elect Obama soon to take office, we now have a real chance to pass this legislation that could do so much for so many American women.

There will be a battle in the Senate, and the best way to come out of the gate strong is for the bill to pass by an overwhelming majority in the House.

Lilly Ledbetter worked 19 years at Goodyear before she learned the men at her level were earning far more. Eventually she sued, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court where five male justices ruled her claim invalid because she filed it more than 180 days after the date when the discrimination first started.

Lilly Ledbetter and women across the country are paid less for doing the exact same jobs as men. The only difference between men and women in the workplace is women bring home less money to take care of their families — and in an economy as shaky as ours, the last thing we need is to make life even more difficult for 50% of the American workforce.

Women across America are counting on Congress — let Congress know that you’re watching to make sure they come through.

Click here to to tell your member of Congress to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It’s the first and crucial step in this year’s battle for equal pay — a battle that, for the first time, we might actually be able to win.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Kate Stayman-London, Campaign Manager 
CREDO Action from Working Assets

P.S. CREDO is the mobile phone company that fights for women’s rights — including fair pay and the right to choose. Sign up today and get a free phone, solar charger and carrying case. Click here for all the details.

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