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  • EQUALPAYFOREQUALWORK. "A woman seserves equal pay for equal work... Its time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode." — President Obama

When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today's jobs and are growing number of breadwinners in their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work. Today, women earn about 78 cents on the dollar compared to men — a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women.

Each year, in April, we bring attention to this issue on National Equal Pay Day to reflect how far into the current year many women must work to earn as much as their white male counter parts earned in the previous year. This year we will commemorate National Equal Pay Day on April 14.

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