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The Equal Pay Act Of 1963 Turns 45

The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits “discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages” was signed into law by President Kennedy 45 years ago. Since then, women have brought their earnings up, but things still aren’t quite there. For the past five years, the deficit between women’s and men’s wages has remained at about 23 to 24 cents on the dollar. Still, the number of women earning more than the national median pay level rose by 1.7 million between 2000 and 2005. Do you think men and women will ever make equal wages, or are obstacles like pregnancy and motherhood always going to prevent this from happening? [WSJ.com]

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