Equal Pay Act signed into law In 1963, women made on average 59 cents for every dollar. To close the wage gap, on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to ... more 
Equal Pay Act signed into law In 1963, women made on average 59 cents for every dollar. To close the wage gap, on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish arbitrary wage differentials based on sex. Calling the act a "first step," Kennedy asked that money be allotted to fund day care centers for working mothers. While women make up half the workforce today, inequities persist, with women making only 80 cents for every dollar. Half a century later, President Obama hopes to change this with the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make wage differences more transparent. less 
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Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:00 AM EDT