This week marks the 45th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. The act, signed into effect by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, attempted to ensure equal pay for equal work to women across the nation. Although the act helped to close the 59-100 wage disparity of the 1960s, women still only make 77 cents to every man's dollar, with an even wider gap for minority women.
"Unfortunately inequality of pay still exists," wrote DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Women’s Caucus Chair Meme Reiley in a joint statement released Wednesday. "...We have seen during this election that women still face sexism everyday, coming up against inequality whether it's in the boardroom or the classroom."
Last summer's Supreme Court decision in Lilly Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. gutted wage protections for women workers, overturning decades of precedent. The fight to reverse this decision and restore equal pay protections culminated in a Republican filibuster in the Senate in April. Senate Democrats have promised to keep trying to break the Republican filibuster.
Media Resources: Democratic National Committee 6/11/08; Hudson Valley Press 6/11/08; National Committee on Pay Equity; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .