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Labor Lesson 2: The Wage Gap

The slides will advance themselves on a timer, but you can use the controls at the bottom to pause, skip ahead, or repeat something. Make sure to wait when the slide titled “The Equal Pay Act of 1963” appears to hear Representative Louise Slaughter talk about the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act, an update of the Equal Pay Act that would more strongly prevent wage discrimination.


“Despite the strong leadership of several generations of women, we are still struggling to achieve equality in the workplace. Among the most distressing disparities is the significant gap in pay between American men and women doing the very same work.”

In this lesson you will learn about the wage disparity between men and women in the workplace, the way the gender wage gap negatively affects entire families, and its even stronger burden on families of color. You will learn about the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and hear Representative Louise Slaughter speak about the need for further legislation. Finally, you will learn about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and its role in protecting previously discriminated workers.