50 years after the Equal Pay Act, women still earn only 80 cents on the dollar 1

50 years after the Equal Pay Act, women still earn only 80 cents on the dollar

By Sharon Vinick

Although it has been 50 years since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man.  The anniversary is drawing attention.  In “The Startling Facts about the Gender Wage Gap,” lawyer and blogger Marjorie Wallace presents recent data regarding the disparities between the earnings of men and women.  In an effort to understand why the wage gap persists, Rebecca Pontikes explores the effect that unconscious bias has on women’s pay.   At the same time that we ponder the causes of the wage gap,  Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, urges governors to take steps to close the gap in “50 Years, 50 Governors:  Are You Listening.”

Sharon Vinick

About Sharon Vinick

Sharon Vinick is the Managing Partner of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyam LLP, the largest women-owned law firm in the state that specializes in representing plaintiffs in employment cases. In more than two decades of representing employees, Sharon has enjoyed great success, securing numerous six and seven figure settlements and judgments for her clients. Sharon has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers for the past five years. Sharon is a graduate of Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley. In addition to being a talented attorney, Sharon is an darn good cook.

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