Equal Pay Day
More than fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (EPA) into law, making it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. At the time of the EPA’s passage, in 1963, women were paid merely 59 cents to every dollar paid to men.
Although enforcement of the EPA and other civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap, significant disparities remain and still need to be addressed. Gender wage disparities still plague women of all education levels, even in the world’s most developed nations.