In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed by John F. Kennedy. Its aim was to abolish wage disparity based on sex. Years later, women still only make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes and, for women of color, the picture is even worse. African American women make 60 cents and Latinas only 55 cents per dollar made by white men.
A woman who works full-time loses more than half a million dollars over her lifetime by being paid less than men for doing the same job. This not only hurts women, it takes money away from families.
With millions of mothers, sisters and grandmothers working to provide for our families, it’s time that more is done for equal pay.