Why Do Women Get Equal Pay For Women

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Ananya Padmanabhan 11/30/17 Research Report #1 Equal Pay for Women “Since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the gap between men and women's earnings has narrowed by less than a half-percent per year. At this rate, American women will have to wait until 2062 to bring home the same salary as their male counterparts.” (CA Representative Jackie Speier) Women have not received equal pay since 1869!! President John Kennedy signed equal pay act in 1963 that stated that it was illegal to pay men and women in the same job differently. However even after 55 years men and women do not receive equal pay for equal work and it is a big issue in the US. This article covers the History of pay for women in the USA, Facts around how much…show more content…
Asians women get paid 16% less than men and Hispanic women get paid 45% less than men!! Black and Hispanic women are affected the most as they get paid the least. Why women not receiving equal pay is a problem There are lots of problems with women not receiving equal pay. First, it hurts there moral and brings them down. It prevents them from rising in their career and reaching the top because they do not think they can do it. I mean have you ever seen a woman president? Second they wouldn’t have enough money to support their families as 40% of children have single mothers and that would hurt women in low wage jobs the most. Less money can also lead to poverty as they might not have enough money to buy a house. Plus when they are old and they retire they would not have enough savings to get medical support. What people are doing to fix this problem Some of the things we can do to fix this problem are strengthen our equal pay laws. For example Lilly Ledbetter ( Prosecutor in the famous American employment discrimination case) protested and that helped a bit plus that way women could protest if they are not getting paid equally as well. We can also allow women to go to better paying jobs so that they can advance in their career and reach the top, and lift up the wages of women in low-wage jobs. So the single mothers will also be able to support their kids, not go into poverty and have enough savings for when they are old. Companies and Social…show more content…
Employees, lawmaker, company leaders, and even celebrities support this cause! Banks are trying to close the gender wage gap as well by giving equal pay to all of their workers. Social media is helping to spread awareness of the problem so that we can work towards a solution. Everyday through our efforts we come closer to closing the pay gap. As President Obama said while signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 "An economy built to last is one where we encourage the town and ingenuity of everyone ...... That means women should earn equal pay for equal work.". With all the hard work that is being put into stopping unequal pay women will probably get equal pay very

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