The Equal Pay Act, Fifty Years On


Suzanna Cross (Editor)

Series: Social Justice, Equality and Empowerment
BISAC: LAW054000

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed landmark legislation to guarantee equal pay for women and men performing equal work for the same employer. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was the first in a series of major federal and state laws that had a profound effect on job opportunities and earnings for women over the next half century, and laid the foundation for the movement of women into the paid labor force at unprecedented levels.

The term “pay gap” refers to the difference in earnings between male and female workers. While the pay gap has narrowed since the 1960s, female workers with a strong attachment to the labor force earn about 77 to 81 cents for every dollar earned by similar male workers. This book presents data trends in earnings for male and female workers and by discusses explanations that have been offered for the differences in earnings. It discusses the major laws directed at eliminating sex-based wage discrimination as well as relevant federal court cases.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Fifty Years after the Equal Pay Act: Assessing the Past, Taking Stock of the Future (pp. 1-54)
National Equal Pay Task Force

Chapter 2 – Governmentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government (pp. 55-102)
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Chapter 3 – Why Do Women Still Earn Less Than Men? (pp. 103-106)
Lawrence H. Leith

Chapter 4 – Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments (pp. 107-122)
Benjamin Collins and Jody Feder


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