The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The very foundation of America was built upon the aspirations of equality. However, throughout our nations proud history there has been one outstanding example of inequality in America: our gender pay gap.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor blog, the average 25 year-old female working full time earns $5,000 less over the course of her initial years of employment than the average male working the same hours and amount of workload. By the time this woman reached average retirement age (65) she would've made thousands less than a man with the same workload over her life-long career. The U.S. Department of Labor has shown statistics that portray information regarding that U.S. females earn less than men in every state and region of the country, and that once you factor in race, the pay gap for women of color is even larger.
Recent Statistic from the American Association Of University Women
It has nearly been half-a-century since Congress mandated equal pay for women, and yet we still have a pay gap. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 planned to protect women from workplace paycheck inequality, according to hundreds of statistics however, this act failed to provide enough protection for workplace discrimination towards women. However, Congress made an effort to sooth people who were disgruntled about the obvious imbalance in the workplace; they did this through the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014. Democrats failed to get a single GOP vote forwarding the bill; the third attempt in recent years to pass the wage equality fell six votes short.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Equal PAy Day on Capitol Hill, April 8th in Washington D.C.
“The promise of equal pay for equal work should not be a partisan issue — it should be a matter of common sense and fairness, an essential step for the security of our families, the growth of our economy, and the strength of our middle class,” Pelosi states “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans disagree,” she stated after the vote.
Senate GOP blocks pay equality bill
In the install vote to forward the Equal Paycheck Act of 2014 every single republican senator voted against it- including four women. Their argument is that the Equal Pay Act of 1963 already provides enough protection over wage equality for women nationwide.