The Equal Pay Act Turns 50

It has been fifty years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law with the goal of abolishing wage disparity between the sexes. Now, half a century later, women still earn less than men: an average of 77 cents on the dollar. For African-American and Latino women, the pay gap is even greater. Meanwhile, a recent Pew survey showed that a record 40% of women are the primary breadwinners in families with children under 18. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with people in New York about pay disparity among men and women and also with Patricia Gatling, Commissioner and Chair of The New York City Commission on Human Rights, who weighed in on what women can do if they are being discriminated against by their employer.

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