Fifty years ago on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act- a response to the gender wage gap in a workforce with an increasingly prominent female presence. Despite the contentious political and social landscape of the Civil Rights Era, the act saw passage and was a central tenet of President Kennedy’s New Frontier program, one that sought to eradicate civil injustice and discrimination.
Nearly half a century later, women are still earning less than men- 77 cents to the dollar less to be exact, as reported by the ACLU. Federal efforts to further close the gender wage gap have been met with resistance, as seen by Congress failing to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act on June 4, 2013.
Now, with our eyes on New York’s Women’s Equality Act introduced last week by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, a nation, and women everywhere, wait for justice.