Letter to the Editor

Time for equal pay

Co-presidents, SLO AAUW BranchApril 8, 2013 

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. Due to loopholes that still exist, women are currently paid only 77 cents for every dollar men are paid.

In 1970, women were paid 59 cents for every dollar men were paid for equal work. This means that 40 years later our pay for equal work has increased only 18 cents. A quote from Marlo Thomas: “Forty years later and 18 cents. A dozen eggs have gone up 10 times that amount.”

The Payroll Fairness Act has the potential to close loopholes that have kept the Equal Pay Act of 1963 from fully protecting and advancing full pay equity. The Payroll Fairness Act has been reintroduced several times but has never passed both houses of Congress at the same time.

Now is the time to finally have equal pay for equal work. AAUW (American Association of University Women) on local, state and national levels advocates equity for women and girls, for the future of all daughters.

Contact you congressional representatives to vote yes on the Payroll Fairness Act.

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