Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is the Pay Equal?

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was established to stop wage disparity based on sex. It is now 2010 and there is still a gap in pay. A senate vote failed on November 17, 2010 to approve the amendment to the act called the Paycheck Fairness Act. In a press release last week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis issued a statement discussing her disappointment in the act not passing. This act would have closed loopholes and enforced equal pay. She went so far as to describe the gaps that still exist: for every dollar men earned women earned $.77, women of color earn $.69, and Latinas make just $.60. One reason for the act failing in the Senate is because there is a question about why the gap still exists. Is it because there is an education or experience gap? I don’t believe this is the last we have heard on this issue.

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