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Filling in the Wage Gap
by BLC
Wednesday Apr 25th, 2018 3:16 PM
Equality is not only a matter of black or white, gay or straight; it is also a matter of equal pay.
For years, this nation has allowed women to come second to men. Despite race and education levels, today women are still paid only 80 cents to every dollar paid to men; that is a 20% gap. Typically, women lose more than $10,000 in wages every year. In 2016, the state of Louisiana had the largest pay gap in the nation with a 70% gap between men and women. While the gap has narrowed since 1970, when the progression of female education and the workforce participation began to increase.

However, the pay gap does not appear to be closing any time soon. This is why we must take action to fill the unequal pay gap between men and women among the workplace. If we as a nation continue at this rate in which we are progressing women will be expected to reach equal pay with men by the year 2059. By then we will have flying cars!

Many may argue that this nation already has the Equal Pay Act in place, but this law has been in effect for 50 years and has yet to updated. Policy changes can help push our nation in a direction to achieve equal pay at a quick rate. By boosting the salaries of low- wage jobs as well as creating more opportunities for women to enter into higher paying careers the United States can bridge the wage gap. Breaking through the glass ceiling and ensuring women do not suffer financially for their gender. Filling the gender wage gap is imperative to the future so, let's clear the path ahead to create equal pay for women.