Last week Republican senators shot down the Paycheck Fairness Act (thanks guys!), a move which would have required employers to prove that any disparities in pay amongst equal-level employees were not based on gender. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, there's still a possibility that the bill will see a new day, but for now we'll have to wait.
But all's not lost ladies: We're taking the opportunity to showcase some pretty awesome working women from TV and film, whose on-screen personas have been fighting the good fight for decades now. And as Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski so eloquently put it following the vote: "Put on your lipstick! Square your shoulders! Suit up and let's fight for a new American revolution where women are paid for equal work! Let's end wage discrimination in this century once and for all."