Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay

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Half a century after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women in both high-paying, high-growth STEM careers and those in part-time, low-wage jobs still only make, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In that time span, the current wage gap improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year; if it continues at that pace, the wage gap will not close completely until 2053. Month to month, women - primary or co-breadwinners in six out of every 10 American families - face greater financial burdens in meeting living costs such as food, housing, transportation, health care and child care. The wage gap also limits their options to afford education. And across the span of a lifetime, women face less financial stability heading into retirement, with fewer pensions and lower Social Security payments to sustain them. In front of a live studio audience, CLOSING THE GAP: 50 YEARS SEEKING EQUAL PAY scrutinizes hotly debated statistics and moves beyond highly politicized and

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