U.s. Department Of Labor Essay

1194 Words Oct 14th, 2015 null Page
“In this country women are earing 77% of what their male counterparts earn. This means that women would need to work an extra three months in order to earn the same amount that men did in the past year” (Patten, 2015). When Thomas Jefferson drafted the declaration of Independence he hoped to form a new country in which its people would be served by their government. In this document it states that “all men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence, 1776), but yet today, over 200 years since it was signed we see that not everyone is truly considered to be equals. In today’s society, men and women are not being paid the same amount for their work. Significant research has been conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor proving that women are earning less than men for doing the same work. There was also an attempt to regulate this wage gap with the 1963 Equal Pay Act that was passed in an effort to ensure that women who are performing the same work as their male counterparts get paid equally. Not only are the women who are receiving unequal wages being affected, but their families are as well. With all of these factors piling upon one another there is a constant struggle for women to receive the equality they need in the work environment.
The declaration of Independence promises all U.S. citizens the right to be treated equally, but if we take a closer look at our society we realize that this principle is not being held up. In present day, topics such as gay rights have…

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