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50 Years of the Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2013

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the historic Equal Pay Act. That year postage stamps were 5 cents, a gallon of gas was 30 cents, and women earned 59 cents to a man’s dollar.  Today, prices for postage and gasoline sure have changed dramatically, but women's earnings have not. Women still only earn 77 cents to a man's dollar and the wage gap hasn’t budged a cent for the last decade.  America’s women are worth more and they deserve better!

Show your support for the Paycheck Fairness Act and other pay equity measures! Visit the National Action Center to contact Congress and President Obama, and share information about pay equity with friends, family and colleagues. Visit Hadassah's website, Facebook and Twitter pages for posts that can be promoted to your social networks.  

The Equal Pay Act was one of the first pieces of anti-discrimination legislation, so the act includes loopholes that do not exist in other anti-discriminations laws. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update pay equity regulations by requiring justification for pay disparities between male and female employees doing the same job, and instituting penalties for discrimination similar to those on the basis of race and national origin. Countless workers are unaware that they are receiving unequal pay because they could be fired for discussing wages with colleagues. The Paycheck Fairness Act would also bar retaliation against employees who disclose their own wages to coworkers.

Half a century is long enough, tell Congress and President Obama that it's time to end the wage gap today!

Date: 6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

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