On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. Yet 50 years later, women earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and Congress has twice rejected the Paycheck Fairness Act. So, what gives? Click on for a primer on the wage gap and the legislature that has attempted to fight it.
What is the Wage Gap?
When the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, the wage gap showed that women were paid 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. Today, the rate has improved, but is still very far from true equality. Women currently earn 77 cents for every dollar men are paid—and that stat is even worse for most minorities. The wage gap exists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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Why Does the Wage Gap Exist?
What is the Equal Pay Act?
It asserts, “No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate… between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs.”