Women's Rights By: Megan Fanum

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The equal pay act of 1963 states that it "prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions"(EEOC). This was signed on June 10, 1963 by John F. Kennedy. This is similar to events today because women who do the same jobs as men are still getting paid less and they should be getting paid the same as men.

Background Information

Some things that lead to this event were women's rights in the 1960's and women not being treated the same as men. A woman was expected to "follow one path: to marry in her early 20s, start a family quickly, and devote her life to homemaking. As one woman at the time put it, 'The female doesn't really expect a lot from life. She's here as someone's keeper — her husband's or her children's"(Tavaana). This is how the typical women in the 60's was expected to live, this lead to a lot of angry women that protested to get equal rights as men. Protests took place in New York City.

Goal of this Event

The goal of this event was to try and have men and women have equal pay for the same jobs. "The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act"(Nolo). The "fruit" that would be created from this event would be an apple tree because apple trees are mostly in American and a lot of the women's rights problems happened in America in the 1960's.

Who was involved?

The main people that were involved in this act were women living in the 60's and President Kennedy. Kennedy was involved because it was during his presidency and he was the president to sign the equal pay act. Today the people that are involved are women and President Trump. Trump is involved because he is the President of the U.S. in 2017 and one of the main reasons why women are having marches and protests today.


Some obstacles that women are facing today are "Girls and women spend 90 percent of their earned income on their families while men spend only 30 to 40 percent"(Reuter). Women and men should make the same amount if they are doing the same job and their income should be split 50 - 50 for their families.


The equal pay act did not work. Today men are still making more money then women even though they both are doing the same jobs. The lasting impacts today are that women are still upset that men are making more money. This is causing women to protest and have marches to show how upset they are.

Works Cited

Foundation, T. R. (n.d.). What is the biggest obstacle to women's rights? Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://news.trust.org//item/20140311114632-nspf5/?source=hpeditorial

The Equal Pay Act: Equal Pay for Women. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/equal-pay-act-women-30153.html?scrlybrkr=696aa845

The Equal Pay Act of 1963. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/epa.cfm

The 1960s-70s American Feminist Movement: Breaking Down Barriers for Women. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from https://tavaana.org/en/content/1960s-70s-american-feminist-movement-breaking-down-barriers-women

Women's Equality Day: The History of When Women Went on Strike. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://time.com/4008060/women-strike-equality-1970/?scrlybrkr=e8dcd907


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