Women today only earn about 77 percent of their male co-workers for the same work. This pay gap has received a great deal of national focus, and it is worse for African-American and Latina women. 

African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man in the workforce, according to statistics cited by the White House. This should not be an issue for women anymore as this is the 21st century.

Women have come a long way from the 1950s, when they were expected by society to be a stay at home mom or cook and clean, but women today now make up half of the workforce. Sarah Shipley with Shipley Communications says the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would have helped.

“If the ERA would have been passed in the ‘70s we wouldn’t be here today fighting for equal pay and equal rights, but unfortunately that is not the case,” Shipley says. “And now we have to fight for equal rights and equal pay on an individual basis.” 

Sarah goes on to express her opinion on equal pay.

“I think it is ridiculous that with the same education, same skills sets get paid less because they’re women,” she says.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires men and women in the same workforce to be given equal pay for equal work, has done little to remedy the problem. The law requires companies to base salaries on experience and knowledge, but a gender pay gap still occurs today.

According to a 2014 American Association of University Women (AAUW) report, there is evidence that discrimination contributes between men and women in the workplace. Shipley believes that this issue may be because women do not speak up. 

“I am trying to train them to be more responsive because their male counterparts will say ‘Oh, I’ve been here a year; I deserve a raise,’” she says “Well no one deserves anything, but the females just don’t do that, so I train them to be more aggressive in the work place.”

Women’s rights are now getting around Hollywood, with this issue being a top issue of discussion at the 87th Oscars. 

There was a Twitter campaign about the disparity in the types of questions on the red carpet for the women nominees and Best Supporting Actress winner, Patricia Arquette, speech on pay equality for women. 

The Twitter campaign was brought up by Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities to use the #AskHerMore, so reporters would ask women more rather than the standard “who are you wearing?” question, to prove that women are more than just their dresses. 

After the success of the #AskHerMore campaign on Twitter, celebrities took it a step forward by asking women if they will run for office to make equal rights for women happen. The #AskHerMore campaign turned into women saying we need more women in office and to step out of the house and into the house – and senate. 

Arquette’s Oscar speech was the most talked about speech the next day because instead of giving thanks she instead touched based on pay equality for women. 

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Arquette said.

It is important to push for new legislation that would make the workplace for women fair. The Paycheck Fairness Act bill is an important tool that if it passes in congress, it will ensure full compensation for victims of gender-based pay discrimination. The Equal Opportunity Restoration Act (EEORA) is another bill that addresses employment discrimination by removing the barriers that the Supreme Court erected in Walmart v. Dukes to employees’ rights to bring class action suits under antidiscrimination law.

      Hillary Clinton is running for president for the 2016 presidential election, and Clinton has been a longtime advocate of equal pay for women as a U.S. senator. Full time female and male staffers from her senate office and three political committees are making dollar for dollar, according to the review of internal salary information. 

This data spans from 2002 to 2008 which covers every fiscal year of Clinton’s tenure as the junior senator from New York and part time staffers were not included in the data. During the seven years, women made more on average for Clinton making $56,000 while men made about $52,000, according to the data. Even on Clinton’s pay roll, there were more women on staff then men.

Clinton spoke at a Silicon Valley women’s conference which she spoke about a call to action to close the wage gap. Clinton spoke about how 60 percent of women now make up college graduates, but only 18 percent of women earn computer science degrees. Clinton states that because of this fact, women are going backwards in a field that is supposed to be all about going forward.

       Clinton, also while speaking at the Silicon Valley women’s conference, made comment on Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech. 

She stated how right Arquette is and that it is time to have wage equality once and for all, according to the Huffington Post.

The result is a shortage on American women and also on their families. 

According to whitehouse.org, Obama’s State of the Union address discussed the issue that equal pay is also a family issue because women make up half of the workforce, which means when women do not get paid fairly, their families suffer as well. 

The pay gap between women and men has barely budged and because of this women need the Paycheck Fairness Act which would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and allow women to find out if they are being discriminated against. This year is shaping to be the year for women and women’s issues and it will be awesome to watch how women’s leadership develops over the next 12 months. 


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sandy oestreich

Okay, starting at the beginning, I must say I am amazed that Missourians do not know, apparently from this article's absent info, that ERA has been re-ignited since at least Year 2000. ERA needs only three more state legislatures to ratify/vote for ERA so it passes into the US Constitution. There, it makes Sex Discrimination (one type mentioned here is wage inequity) a Violation of the US Constitution!

We hope that others will perceive the Truth that the ERA will become the Law of the Land ! And that it covers all kinds of sex discrimination under its one umbrella, rather than piecemeal, which takes longer, its path is straighter and certainly guarantees sex-equal treatment in one lump. We believe it makes more political and practical sense for "Sex-Equal Treatment" (we find that is easier to debate than the abstract "equality", as it is measurable , demonstrable) to be the generic tool for passing the Equal Rights Amendment. Besides, it ensures that we cast the shadow of SOLIDARITY so that no legislature can say, "Why should I work to pass the ERA, since the ladies themselves don't even know what they want." Destroy that thought!

Think RAPES adjudicated properly; no more 20% robbed from working women's paychecks by Big Business, and a ton of other intentional and unintentional travails injected by The Other Party's minions.

So, we of National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance Inc, are spearheading Florida's legislature's ratification/vote.

And, mentoring the 9 other states filing ERA ratification legislationl.

AND, shepherding co-sponsors to our own co-created new ERA legislation to eliminate the time limit from the original, so that whenever 3 more states do ratify ERA, it can still pass. It could now, if only that Party didn't put up roadblocks.

Me and my 4002 active ACTIVISTS are also working to put ERA in the lineup of questions for Oct 9 debate. And passing around a juicy video of one naughty FL US Senate candidate.

We've been tied to this work for going on 17 years, at least 12/7, for Free forYou and all males and females---just that we females take the brunt of sex discrimination.
Fortunately, passing the ERA into the US Constitution--as unbearably HARD it is to do--Will make Sex Discrimination a Violation of the US Constitution. That's All, but that's enough.

I am now 82 years old, and Refuse to die until ERA passes! We do this stone-hard work, not for $$, status nor power. We DO IT Because We Care. Absolutely.

Another idea blossoms: in the them of solidarity, you fine folks might like to partner up for ERA with another hard-working MO ERA Leader, Shirley Breeze and her team.

Rest assured, ERA will pass. Don't necessarily count on Hillary, as much as she does want ERA to pass, because she will likely have no better luck with getting stuff thru Congress than President Obama--no matter how hard he has tried.

But, saying that does not obliterate the possibility that her new, deserved respect will help Our Party down ticket, including new Congress members.

Please Remember, hard as it is to pass the ERA, it's a whole lot harder to pass individual laws that can be overturned by the very next Congress. THE US CONSTITUTION IS NEARLY IMPENETRABLE TO OVERTURNS.

Here's our 300 000 - member email address if you'd like to add your hoorahs to ours by emailing us your phone # and give your state, Missouri on the email

Sandy Oestreich, founder-president of National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance Inc, 501c3
Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., NY
Fmr. elected official
Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts
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Member, 3 Nurse Practitioner professional organizations
Biographied in Feminists Who Changed America
Nat'l ERA Alliance, Inc, is a Lead Organization of nat'l ERA Coalition,
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2014 Recipient, AAUW/FL "Woman of Distinction"
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