Here is a disturbing fact: The Equal Pay Act was passed 50 years ago this June and yet, five decades later women still earn, on average, 23 percent less than men earn for the same work. Moms and women of color experience even bigger wage hits.
Here's what's happening: In 2013 even after controlling for education, work experience, and occupation, the U.S. Census found that women who worked full-time, year-round on average still made 23 cents less for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. And, the wage gap for women of color was even more staggering than for women overall: When Black and Hispanic women work full-time, year-round, they only make 64 and 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts earn.
Since over 80% of women in our nation have children by the time they're 44 years old, this means the majority of women in our nation are touched by this type of wage discrimination at some point in their lives.
Tell Congress: It's past time to close the wage gap and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.