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Category: Politics, Economy, Media Monitoring

ACTION ALERT! Tell the Wall Street Journal you Demand Balanced Coverage of the Wage Gap!

April 12, 2011

As many of you know, today is Equal Pay Day. April 12 symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men did in 2010 in the US. Today, the Paycheck Fairness Act is also being reintroduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski and Representative Rosa L. DeLauro in the U.S Senate, and media outlets across the nation are covering the wage gap.

The wage gap was recently recalculated by the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing that women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Then why did the Wall Street Journal choose to run this anti-fair pay Op Ed by Carrie Lukas against fair pay for equal work on their Editorial Page, without at least running a balanced opinion piece along side by anyone on the National Committee on Pay Equity  - ON EQUAL PAY DAY!?

Here's what you can do to demand balanced coverage:

1. Submit a Letter to the Editor demanding that fair and balanced opinion pieces on equal pay for women to Tim Lemmer  at: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com

2. Email Editorial Page Editors (sample email to cute & paste below) to demand they run fair and balanced opinion pieces on equal pay for women:

paul.gigot@wsj.comrobert.pollock@wsj.comhenninger@wsj.combret.stephens@wsj.com

Dear Editors,

Despite the fact that today is Equal Pay Day, the WSJ chose to run a very unbalanced OpEd on fair pay in our country that didn't even address today's reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, nor new data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Further, as CNN & Fortune report, none of the current top 20 paid CEOs are women.

I'm writing to demand balanced opinion coverage of the wage gap in our country. It is only fair and balanced to cover both sides of this issue on Equal Pay Day by running a balanced OpEd in order to adhere to the high journalistic standards WSJ attempts to embody. There are several members of the National Coalition for Pay Equity to choose from.

Sincerely, Your Name

3. Call the Editorial Page Editor demanding fair and balanced opinion pieces on equal pay for women at:  212.416.2255.

Thanks for all you to do ensure media is held accountable to standards of fairness and equity. Yours in Action, The Women's Media Center To support our continued work on this issue, donate to the Women’s Media Center here.

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