In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed by President Obama. The Act was part of the movement to end pay discrimination, and to help end the disparity in pay between men and women. It is a known fact that women are paid less than men in most professions. The question is why? Why is it that a woman doing the same work as a man gets paid far less than their male counterparts?

 

Many factors affect this difference in pay, including gender and racial discrimination and their care-giving responsibilities. It may also be due to the fact that having a greater number of women in the workplace is a fairly new reality in our society. Only a few decades ago, women were far less likely to continue on to post-secondary education after high school, but today the number of women going to college outnumbers that of men.

 

New research shows that a woman with a 4.0 high school GPA is worth just about the same as a man with only a 2.0 GPA. Researchers looked at 10,000 men and women between age 24 and 35, investigating their high school records and educational background. With this information, they found that the wage gap is still a problem we face in our society.

 

How do we close this gap to ensure men and women of the same stature are being treated fairly in the workplace? It begins with advocating and making sure this research is known. It will also take investigating companies to see what their reasons are for paying women less. Lastly, it will take time for our society to be truly equal for both men and women.

 

Unfortunately, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act did not fix the problem completely, but it was a step in the right direction. Women continually prove their equality to men with their test scores and ability to persevere, despite the wage gap. In the future, we hope to see a change in the way women are treated and perceived in the workplace.

 

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