Fifty years ago today, Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, enshrining in law the principle that a worker should be compensated based not on gender, but on his or her performance. Five decades later, much work remains as we strive to translate this noble principle into practice.
The 2012 presidential election campaign has been disappointing. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about this election is that were President Obama white it is likely he would be on his way to a landslide victory.
When it comes to campaigning and messaging -- as opposed to governing and solving real-life problems -- Republicans almost always surpass expectations. If Democrats "get it," they could use the same strategy to their great advantage.
What I am not hearing anyone say loudly and clearly in this Rosen/Romney snafu is that women's ability -- not desire or choice -- to take part in the economy is based on her freedom to make reproductive decisions.
Shortchanging women means shortchanging men and children as well. In the present climate of encouraging economic self-sufficiency and focusing on family well-being, righting the wrongs of unequal pay seems like a no-brainer.