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47 years Later and Still No Pay Equity

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 11, 2010

Yesterday was the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act in 1963.  Love this picture of the signing as 1962-63 Business and Professional Women’s/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches. She also was given the the first pen in recognition of all of the work done by BPW members to ensure passage of the act.  Well I guess we have come a long way as they say but we still haven’t achieved pay equity dispite all of the good work done by those women. 
The next step is to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S182) has already passed the House and has 40 co-sponsors in the Senate. Women and the families that depend upon them deserve fair pay. Even if you have taken action on this issue before, we need your voice now! Please take a moment to call or write your legislators and ask them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act! You can easily write your Members of Congress using the BPW Foundation Advocacy Center.

In a nationwide poll of registered voters commissioned by the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition, of which BPW Foundation is a key leader, 84% said they supported “a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace.”  84%! Participants were told that the “law will also make it harder for employers to justify paying different wages for the same work and ensure that businesses that break the law compensate women fairly” – precisely what the Paycheck Fairness Act would do. 

 So 47 years later there is still work to do to ensure women are paid fairly.  Seems like it is taking a long time.

President John F. Kennedy signs the 1963 Equal Pay Act into law as BPW/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches.


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