According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women still earned only 77 cents for every dollar that men earned in 2012. The gender gap has been the same since 2007. As a Huffington Post article points out, in 2012, the median earnings of American women working full time year-round were $37,791. The wage gap is even worse for those within some minority groups: African-American women earn 69 cents and Latinas earn just 58 cents. The disparity between African-American women and Latinas is wider when these compared to white men.
Women leaders in Congress have been pushing for pay equity for years now, including pressuring Congress to close some of the loopholes employers use to pay women less than men for the same work, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, raising the minimum wage, to expand affordable child care, and to mandate paid sick and family leave.
Republicans have continuously condemned these pieces of legislation, which is a factor in Republicans still waging the War on Women. We have a ways to go, but these are steps in the right direction.
Read more here at Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/gender-wage-gap_n_3941180.html?utm_hp_ref=tw