Women have made incredible strides in the workforce. Women are taking leadership roles in math and science, they’re CEOs for Fortune 500 companies, and soon, we may even have a female President.

But there is still one major problem: Women earn just 78 cents to a man’s dollar. And the gap is even wider among women in the African American and Latino communities.

This doesn’t just go against common sense. It goes against what we need to make for a strong workforce. Diverse perspectives and experiences should be rewarded, not crippled.

California gets it. Recently, the California Fair Pay Act was amended, making it the nation’s strongest equal pay protection law.

It’s time for Congress to follow our lead. Tell Congress to join California and strengthen equal pay for equal work laws.