Equal Pay for Equal Work

Equal Pay for Equal Work

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Kaylee Frederes started this petition to The Government

As a young woman soon to graduate college and advance into the workforce, equal pay between men and women is of concern to me. Women are paid significantly less than men, and the gap for women of color is even larger. I believe in equal pay for equal work. In many cases, women do the same, if not more, work than men, but their paychecks don’t show it. 

Women are now almost half of the workforce, the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children, and receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. (Hess). Women also do two-thirds of the world’s work, including workforce and unpaid housework and childcare, but receive only 5% of the world’s income.(Wages for Housework, 465).

In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was passed. Prior to this event, full-time, year round women were making 59 cents as opposed to the dollar in which men were making. Then, in 1996, Equal Pay Day was first recognized. At this time, women were making 72 cents for every dollar men made. As of 2018, females only made 82 cents to a males dollar. (Hess). Today, the wage gap between men and women remains unchanged from the previous year nor has it progressed much in the past decade. As for absolute equality in wages, the United States is not expected to close the gap for at least 60 years. Iceland is expected to be the first country in the world to close the gap, in 2027. (Zahidi, 509).

It doesn't make sense as to why men are paid more than women for performing the same task. With that being said, let's make a change, close the wage gap. It’s just simply unfair to have it any other way.

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