Women's Rights: Unequal Pay For Women

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“In 2013, female full-time workers made only 78-percent for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 22-percent” (iwpr.com). Although women’s rights are becoming more equal, there are still areas that need improvement. Women weren’t fully introduced to the workplace until WWII, and even though it was a big step, there were still unequal salaries. Differences between men and women are evident in salaries, but major advancements have been made for women through the women’s rights movement, their roles in the workplace, and how they were able to achieve more equality after WWII. To begin with, women have not always had the rights they have today. They were able to gain rights through several movements. The first movement meeting was …show more content…
Unequal pay has been one of the biggest problems for women’s rights. In 1963, women were only earning 59 cents to every dollar of what men were making. On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy passed a law called the Equal Pay Act, stating that females could not be discriminated against by a lower salary. The biggest wage gap came in 1973, with a gap of 43.4%. Today, there is still a wage gap, although not as significant. In 2013, nearly 50 years after the law was passed, there was still a gap of 21.7%, half of what it was in 1963. Some people are stepping up and speaking out about unequal pay. In fact, President Barack Obama signed an “Executive Order” in April 2014 stating the avoidance of discrimination towards women in the workplace. In conclusion, women have long struggled to become equal with men. There have been several movements to help them gain equality. They have aimed to get equal pay, rights, and treatment in the workplace. Even though women have come a long way, there is still inequality to …show more content…
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