Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What does pay equity mean to you?

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal for employers to pay men and women different wages for the same work. Rep. Julia Butler Hansen (D-WA), far right, who was also an AAUW member, attended the signing ceremony. At that time, women earned only 59 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Despite the passage of the EPA more than 45 years ago, the average woman now earns 78 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart. With Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 28, now is the perfect time to urge your senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 182).

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