"Over the course of her career, a working woman with a college degree will earn, on average, hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a man who does the same work," said President Obama Monday morning. "That's wrong." Well, yeah. But what ya gonna do about it?
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which sounds nice. A nice even, round number. But some other, less even and round numbers come with it: a department of labor study from 2010 found that in 1979, women who worked full time made 62 percent of what men did, while in 2010, they made 81 percent, a number that remains roughly intact. Other numbers you've heard before: in the United States, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, a number that is even lower for Black and Hispanic women, at a respective but not respectable 64 and 54 cents. This is despite laws pushed forward by the Obama administration like the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, which abolished time limits put in place on when a woman had to file a claim against her employer for underpayment.