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Equal Pay Act

Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

Equal Pay's Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Deborah J. Vagins

Four years ago, the Paycheck Fairness Act, a long-overdue update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which would strengthen the law to help close the ongoing gender wage gap, failed to move forward on a procedural in the Senate, even though a majority of senators supported the bill.

Obama, Republicans Battle Over Equal Pay

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - The White House and congressional Republicans blasted each other on Tuesday over equal ...

What You Didn't Know About Equal Pay Day

The Levo League | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
The Levo League

Why are we still having this conversation in 2014? At the rate we're going, we won't be seeing equal work be compensated with equal pay until 2058.

Steps We Must Take to Improve Pay Equity

Sandra Fluke | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Sandra Fluke

Equal Pay Day isn't just about recognizing an unequal paycheck. It's about opening up a conversation about our collective economic future, and fighting hard for the kinds of communities we want to live in.

Equal Pay by the Numbers

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Deborah J. Vagins

It's been 17 years since this bill was first introduced, and it deserves to make it past this hurdle and get an up or down vote.

9 Pivotal Victories That Quietly Changed Women's History

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women

The last century of women's rights victories has a familiar highlight reel with women gaining the right to vote, access to birth control and abortion,...

4 Things That Surprisingly Haven't Changed For Women Since The 1960s

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty

We may have, as the 1968 Virginia Slims ad told us, "come a long way, baby." Or not. Sometimes, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay t...

This Illustration Explains The Pay Gap Better Than Anything We've Ever Seen

Posted 09.03.2013 | Women

What does the gender wage gap actually look like? This original artwork by Emily Nemens for LeanIn.Org gives us a sobering idea. Nemens, creato...

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

How Long Will Equal Pay Take to Achieve?

Kate Michelman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Kate Michelman

The underlying cause of the wage gap is sex discrimination, plain and simple. Employers pay women less than men.

On 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, We Must Make Equal Pay for Equal Work a Reality

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

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.

Sen. Gillibrand: Equal Pay 'Is Not Only About Women'

Posted 06.10.2013 | Women

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, a 1963 law which aimed to eliminate the wage gap between male and female workers. Fifty years l...

Obama Observes Big Anniversary

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says that 50 years after enactment of the Equal Pay Act, the nation still faces gender wage disparities that must...

Shining a Light on the Wage Gap

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Heidi Hartmann

In an age where women in the United States are almost half the workforce, are more likely to gain higher levels of education than men, and increasingly are the main or co-breadwinner in families, we cannot wait for another 44 years for the gender wage gap to be finally relegated to the history books.

50 Years Later, Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Pay

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 08.10.2013 | Women
Deborah J. Vagins

My mother has been my motivation in many ways, and I work for women's rights in large part because of her. In the 50 years since the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, a lot has changed for women in the workforce.

50 Years, 50 Governors: Are You Listening?

Noreen Farrell | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Noreen Farrell

Today, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, we launch the Equal Pay Today Platform, calling for state and national actions to end the practices which are contributing to the gender wage gap.

Unequal Pay - 50 Years and Getting Worse

Martha Burk | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Let's raise a glass to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Equal Pay Act, but not too high. If things don't change, we're on the road to a permanent (mostly female) underclass. We still have a lot of work to do.

From Seattle to New York City, Women and Families Need Action on Fair Pay

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This week, we recognize Equal Pay Day -- the day that marks how far into the new year women have to work to catch up with men's wages from the previous year. Let's remember how far we have to go to see real equality for women and press for progress.

This Equal Pay Day, End Pay Secrecy

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Pay secrecy policies keep unequal pay hidden from employees and enable pay discrimination to continue. We know this from the story of Lilly Ledbetter - who learned about her decades of unequal pay at Goodyear only via an anonymous note.

Barriers to Women's Equality Obscured by Binder Jokes

Anika Rahman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Anika Rahman

Once the binder moment has passed, what will remain is the urgent need for a cultural shift toward a less-gendered society

Female House GOP Staffers Make Shockingly Less Than Male Counterparts

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

Women on the Hill make thousands less than their male counterparts each year, with the gap particularly pronounced amongst Republican staffers. On ...

Batgirl PSA: Vintage Ad Shows the Superhero Defending the Equal Pay Act

Emma Gray | Posted 08.12.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

Imagine my surprise and delight when this PSA, first posted on Sociological Images, began making the Internet rounds, and I learned that Batgirl not only has an awesome purple uniform, but is totally in favor of equal pay for women.

Senate Minority Block Equal Pay for Women

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 08.05.2012 | Women
Marcia D. Greenberger

Making the equal pay laws truly work should not be up for debate. Every woman in the country should expect -- and demand -- no less.

Eliminating the Pay Gap

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 08.05.2012 | Money
Sen. Bob Casey

Nearly fifty years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, prohibiting employers from discriminating on the basis of gender, women still earn significantly less than men for doing the same work. Today, Congress has a chance to do something about it.