Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This landmark federal anti-discrimination law was one of the very first to address gender-based pay disparities, although many women still are only paid 77 cents on the dollar for performing the same duties as men.
45 years after the
Equal Pay Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed by President Obama, extending the statute of limitations. I’m in my 30’s and I still hope to see women start and finish their careers at an equal pace and pay scale as their male counterparts.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was just one step towards financial security and workplace equality for women. There’s much more work to do.
We shouldn’t have harder for less money. It sucks that feminists have to keep pushing for the same thing we pushed for 50 years ago.
- Women in the Workplace: When Will the Promise of the Law Become a Reality? (misfortuneofknowing.wordpress.com)
- Fighting for Fair Pay (wptv.com)
- Glen Browder: Introducing Lilly Ledbetter: As Known (or Unknown) by Her Homefolks (huffingtonpost.com)