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Why We Must 'Lean in' to Workplace Pay Inequity

If we want women 50 years from now to have the pay and opportunities that are rightfully theirs, we must stand up, and stand together.

Have you ever been underpaid because of your gender or race? It's been 50 years since the passage of the 1963 Equal Pay Act, which requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be identical, but they must be substantially equal. Job content—not job titles—determines whether jobs are substantially equal. However, statistics show that females are paid only about two-thirds what males receive for the same work and African Americans are consistently paid less than whites for the same work overall on a national scale.

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