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Nearly sixty 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 made merely 59 cents to every dollar made by men. Although enforcement of the EPA as well as other civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap, significant disparities remain and need to be addressed. Today, women typically make only 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. This wage gap varies by race and is far larger for many women of color: Black women working full time, year round typically make only 63 cents, Native American women only 60 cents, and Latinas only 55 cents, for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. While Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women make 87 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, women from many AAPI communities experience drastically wider pay gaps.

 

Published On: January 27, 2021Associated Issues: Equal Pay & the Wage GapEqual Pay LawsWorkplace Justice
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