Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn http://wfpl.org en Congressman John Yarmuth Decries Lack of Pay Equity for Women http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-decries-lack-pay-equity-women <p>Speaking on the House floor, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called on Congress to update the 1963 Equal Pay Act and guarantee pay equity for women in the workplace.</p><p>The law was first enacted by President John F. Kennedy and is aimed at abolishing wage disparities between the sexes.</p><p>Fifty years ago, women made 59 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Recent studies show <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/business/economy/women-as-family-breadwinner-on-the-rise-study-says.html?_r=0">women are growing as the chief breadwinners</a> in U.S. households, but still make just 77 centers compared to their male counterparts.</p><p>Yarmuth says that fact women have made only 18 cents worth of progress in half a century shows the need for lawmakers to close loopholes in the law.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_9AbB-li4dA" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:18:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5667 at http://wfpl.org