By: Nikki W.
Forty-eight years ago today, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, making it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for the same work. In those days, women were paid, on average, 59 cents to a man’s dollar.
Since then, countless women have had their day in court. From Thelma Bowe to Mechelle Vinson to Lilly Ledbetter, the Equal Pay Act and other civil rights laws have allowed women to challenge workplace discrimination.
And any day now we’ll hear the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wal-Mart v. Dukes.
But women are still being paid on average less than men. As of 2011, women received only 77 cents to a man’s dollar. And many workplace discrimination cases only reinforce the fact that more legal protections are needed.
In honor of the 48th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, join us in telling Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, to strengthen the law and help close the wage gap.
Women have come a long way since 1963, but we still have a lot more work to do.
(from the National Partnership for Women and Families)