The Equal Pay Act: How Far Have We Come in 54 Years? 7 Things Women Need to Know! by Katie Sloan

6 months ago
The Equal Pay Act: How Far Have We Come in 54 Years? 7 Things Women Need to Know!

April 4 was Equal Pay Day, the day that U.S. working women catch up with what men earned last year. In other words, women work 15 months to earn what men make in 12. Did you know...

  • 40 percent of women are primary bread winners; that jumps to 75 percent for single moms.
  • Working mothers add an additional 80 minutes each workday to care for their children and homes.
  • While compensation is important, making friends at work along with job flexibility drive satisfaction for women.
  • In 1963, women earned 40 percent less than their male counterparts.
  • President Kennedy called the Equal Pay Act a “significant step forward.”
  • In 54 years, women inched up 20 percent to close the wage discrepancy.
  • This gap is even greater for minority women.

Clearly, we have a long way to go. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 54 years.

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Such an important issue. Thanks for sharing it, Katie Sloan! We've come a long way but we do still have a long way to go!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Wow, important stats to be aware of. We have to keep making it happen. Thanks, Katie Sloan !
Heather Murphy-Fritz
Great analysis! Pay equality has always been a passion of mine.

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