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No, we aren't there yet. The only reason the Lily Ledbetter act passed Congress was because it was introduced and the ground work laid in the Bush Administration. It only goes so far, stating that the 180 day statute of limitations now resets with each new paycheck, meaning that women can sue for back wages for the entire length of their employment, if necessary..
The Fair Paycheck Bill of 2012, which would have required employers to demonstrate that any salary differences between men and women doing the same work are not gender-related, was shot down by Senate Republicans earlier this year.
On April 17th of this year, women celebrated (if you can call it a "celebration") Equal Pay Day. This date symbolized how far into 2012 women had to work to earn what men earned in 2011. The defeat of the Fair Paycheck Bill was one of the watershed occurrences that caused women to claim that there was a Republican War on Women and that Republican philosophical sexism was more than just reproductive rights.
Part of the reason men sometimes make more money than women is because men are statistically more likely to negotiate starting salaries than women are. And since every future pay raise will be based on that initial pay, it is a compounding issue by the time a person has worked for a company for several decades. Though, I'm surprised at gap this big... Unless the males at Goodyear are negotiating 40% higher starting salaries then there is some fishy stuff going on at Goodyear...
Persistent pay gap confronts women, KC research confirms - KansasCity.com
The Kansas City region has a gender wage gap problem.
And that’s not just a problem for working women who earn less than men. It’s a problem for all women, for men, for children and for the metropolitan area as a whole.
Households that aren’t economically self-sufficient create a cycle of poverty, drain social service resources, hinder the pursuit of higher education and don’t contribute to public coffers through taxes.
“We must have some amount of anger about this,” said Karen Dace, a deputy chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “We need the kind of anger that says, ‘I won’t stop until change comes.’ ”
Dace said she wasn’t trying to sound militant, but an emotional response was required after she read reports released last week by the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The reports published troubling economic data about the 15-county metropolitan statistical area:
• Two-thirds of the poverty-level households are headed by women.
• One-fourth of the adult female population has no education beyond high school.
• Average median earnings for men at all education levels are nearly 1.4 times those for women — and the gap is greatest at the highest education levels.
• Full-time working women as a whole earn 73 cents for every dollar a man earns, a worse rate than the national 77 cents.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/12/3914190/persistent-pay-gap-confronts-women.html#storylink=cpy
This is a serious issue, but isn't it funny how the lamestream media didn't mention this fact at all while Obama was stoking the fires of the GOP's supposed war on women? The simple fact is he signed the bill and not obeying it, so he's a hypocrite. Talk about the press being in someone's pocket. Not to mention Benghazi or any other thing our bungler in chief has bungled.
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