When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act on June 10, 1963, women made only 60 cents on the dollar for doing the same job as a man. The gap has narrowed in the intervening years, but pay is not yet equal and wages have been held down for women and men alike. We must erase the wage gap by raising pay for all working people.
Lift All for Equality
- The pay gap narrows when women workers join together and unionize, because working people earn more when they can negotiate for better wages and benefits.
- America’s labor movement is dedicated to gender equality, paid family leave, affordable health care and quality child care for all working people.
- Each of us must have the resources, including time, to care for our loved ones.
- Some 40% of working women in the United States are the sole support for their families, so pay inequality is not just a women’s issue, it’s an American issue.
Kitchen Table Economics
$17 billion: The amount of money America’s future retirees will keep in retirement accounts every year, thanks to a President Obama-era fiduciary rule that President Donald Trump vowed to drop, until public outcry forced him to change course and keep the rule on track.
Many children today grow up with both parents working or with a single parent. But too many working people don’t have access to paid leave to care for themselves or loved ones—and too many women are still paid less than men for the same work.