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View Diary: Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, there's still a lot to be done (13 comments)

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  •  Harkin statement and press release this afternoon (0+ / 0-)


    “Five decades after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, we are reminded that much work remains to realize the basic principle that men and women deserve equal pay for equal work. Today, an American woman makes only 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes, and the average woman loses more than $400,000 over her lifetime due to unequal pay practices.  The fact is, women are working harder than ever, but they are not being fairly compensated for their contributions to our economy. This is wrong, it is unjust, and it undermines the economic security of our families.

    “American women have waited far too long for fair pay, which is why bills like the Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are so critical to achieving this goal.  Fifty years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, let us recommit ourselves to eliminating discrimination in the workplace and making equal pay for equal work a reality.  America’s women—and the families that rely on them—deserve fairness on the job.”

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