Equal Pay Day

It's one holiday I never look forward to. Sure, America's come a long way since 1963, when JFK signed a law making it illegal to pay women less than a man for the same job. Back then, women made 59 cents to every man's dollar. Things have gotten somewhat better -- though not yet equal-- for the ladies.

But progress isn't colorblind. If you're a white woman, chances are you're being compensated much more fairly these days than our African American and Hispanic sisters.

Changing these ugly statistics is everyone's job. Recruit diverse candidates. Make work more flexible for parents. Encourage female coworkers to apply for promotions and ask for raises.

Maybe someday soon, April 10 will be a day to celebrate how far we've come in making equality a reality for all.

Ashley Catherine Woods

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Ashley Catherine Woods

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I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
— Susan B Anthony
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