April 28, 2009
Today is Equal Pay Day, when workers across the country redouble their efforts to make sure women are paid equally for the same work done by men. This day, April 28, was chosen because it represents how far into the year a woman must work to earn the same pay as a man earned, on average, last year.
James Parks at the AFL-CIO Now blog has more:
Equal Pay Day 2009 comes at an exciting time for those who support equal pay for women. President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law on Jan. 29 and established a White House Council on Women and Girls in March. Yet more than 45 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed, women in the United States still earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns—even with similar education, skills and experience—and African American and Hispanic women earn even less.
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