How to give equal pay laws power

On Wednesday, we marked another Equal Pay Day, the point in the year when women have finally made what men made in 2020. And that's just the average across all women — Black women will make what white men made in 2020 on Aug. 3, Indigenous women on Sept. 8, and Latina women on Oct. 21. 

In a typical work day, the wage gap looks like this:

🕔 Men are paid for a full 9-5 day
🕑 Women in similar positions start working for free at 2:40 PM

We need equal pay now#EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/t7EH3xoSFQ

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 24, 2021

In order to eradicate such incredible pay disparities, progressive legislation has to step in to keep employers accountable, enforce reporting, and provide safety mechanisms for both employees and employers. Currently, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 protects against sex-based wage discrimination, and 44 states have enacted their own laws to supplement the federal law. In 2019, Congress proposed the Paycheck Fairness Act to supplement the Equal Pay Act. It was reintroduced this January under President Joe Biden.  Read more...

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