Because the Equal Pay Act has arguably failed its purpose five decades later, the Paycheck Fairness Act was designed to serve as an update to the historic legislature, closing longstanding loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent wage discrimination. It was first passed by Congress in January 2009, but although it seems completely common sense, the Paycheck Fairness Act has indeed been introduced into, and then rejected by Congress–twice. Most recently, on June 5, 2012, the act fell short of the 60 votes necessary to pass in Senate, with all Republicans opposing the bill. President Obama remains optimistic that with hard work, the bill can be passed. Here, read Elizabeth Warren’s eloquent and persuasive piece on why she is a proud co-sponsor of the act whose passage we still await.