Closing the gender wage gap
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The gender wage gap in the United States has been a long standing plague on female workers spanning over a century despite efforts to address it. The gender wage gap is defined as the difference in median earnings between a woman and a man for similar work. The wage gender gap has deleterious effects on women, causing many to fall below the federal poverty line and/or the self-sufficiency standard at a much higher rate than men. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 to $2 million dollars due to wage discrimination. The first major effort made to address the issue was done in 1923 by Alice Paul through what would have been the Equal Rights Amendment. This would affirm that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender, however, it did not pass. As seen through recent efforts, such as the Women's March, this matter continues to be a pressing issue.
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