For over 50 years, federal law has required that male and female employees receive equal pay for equal work. Yet women typically make just 80 cents on every dollar earned by men for full-time, year-round work, a gap in wages that has barely budged over the last decade.
There is a growing movement to finally close these wage gaps. In the past two years, lawmakers have introduced legislation in over half the states to finally ensure that workers receive equal pay, no matter where they work, and many of these bills have become law. State efforts to close the wage gap not only lift the states’ economies, but also make meaningful change for women’s and families’ economic security. This fact sheet looks at states that enacted equal pay legislation in 2015 and 2016.