Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

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For every dollar a man working full time makes, a woman working full time makes 78 cents. For minority race women, that wage gap is even larger. In 2016, Hispanic women were paid 54 cents for every dollar a white man made. These numbers are shocking. Even more so- the unfair wage gap numbers has hardly budged in 10 years! State by state, the gap exists, although much larger in states such as Louisiana, West Virginia, and Utah. According to the U.S. Census Bureau data released in late 2016, women are 35 percent more likely to live in poverty than men. The wage gap is becoming more evident in modern society as working conditions worsen for women as they progress throughout their careers. Working to close the wage gap is among the many things the United States NEEDS to prioritize. In 2017, biology shouldn’t determine your salary.

So, what can be done? Congress needs to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The act will strengthen the Equal Pay Act that was signed by President Kennedy. Over 50 years after the Equal Pay Act’s passage, the wage gap still is very prevalent. The Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced April 2017 and is a step in the right direction. The act’s purpose is an effort towards closing the salary gaps between males and females. The act will make employee wages more evident, penalize employers who take disciplinary action against workers who raise concerns about gender related wage discrimination, and require companies provide evidence that wage inconsistencies are due to more/less experience in the field and not gender. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act will allow women more opportunities as far as their career goes and dramatically reduce the poverty rate among women.

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