Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This significant gap is more than a statistic -- it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

Women earn an average of just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men

President Obama supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive and commonsense bill that updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.

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Reversing Discrimination

On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed his very first piece of legislation: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The law, named after a woman who discovered her employer was paying her less than men doing the same job, makes it easier for Mrs. Ledbetter and others like her to effectively challenge unequal pay.

Easy Access to Information

Thanks to the winners of the Equal Pay Apps Challenge, anyone with a smart phone, tablet or computer can now find tips on important salary topics from typical pay ranges, skill level requirements for certain jobs, how to negotiate salaries, and more.

Know Your Rights

The Women’s Bureau in the Department of Labor has created a guide for employers and employees that explains equal pay laws and offers information on resources available for workers who believe they might be experiencing pay discrimination on the basis of their sex.

For more information on the Obama Administration's commitment to closing the pay gap, check out a report released earlier this year on the accomplishments of the Equal Pay Task Force (PDF) established by President Obama in 2010.