Fighting For Fairness: The Wage Gap in America #EqualPay
For decades, women have earned substantially less than men, and often for doing the exact same work. And while it may appear that women have come a long way in regards to equal pay, there’s still more work to be done to truly balance the scales. It seems unlikely in the digital age, but the wage gap in America among men and women remains.
Full time female workers make only 77 cents for every dollar that male workers earn. That’s unfair, and a major reason for the fight for equal pay among American women. The issue was first addressed back in 1903 with the formation of the National Women’s Trade Union League. This brave group of women banded together to demand equal pay at a time when they were considered second class citizens.
The fight continued throughout the years, and the movement celebrated a small victory with the expansion of the Equal Pay act in 1964. Over seventy thousand women received back pay for lost wages due to discrimination. The total payout for the group was $26 million.
Today, in addition to the Equal Pay act, there are other laws in place to protect the interests of women in the workplace, and ensure that they receive their fair share of earnings. The Lily Ledbetter Pay Act is one of them, along with Executive Order 11246.