Women's Rights

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” Remains Elusive for Women in the Workplace

04.14.14

Every year, Equal Pay Day reminds us of the number of extra days a woman in the U.S. must work before she is paid the same amount as the average man.

It has been more than fifty years since the signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and women across the nation are still fighting for basic paycheck equality.

In Ohio, Democrats are currently pushing for an Ohio Equal Pay Act to bring the state in line with the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2009. 

Nationally, the Paycheck Fairness Act was recently defeated in the Senate for the third time. Nevertheless, the ACLU helped persuade the President to issue an executive order banning retaliation against employees of federal contractors for disclosing or inquiring about their wages.

This executive order is no substitute for the Paycheck Fairness Act, but it will help encourage compliance with existing equal pay laws.

Learn more about how the Paycheck Fairness Act would help women secure equal pay for equal work.