But that fight is far from over. Women continue to face discriminatory pay practices—and the problem is even worse for women of color:
Women overall make 80 cents on the dollar that men make.
African American women make 63 cents.
Native American women make 59 cents.
Latinas make 54 cents.
This outrageous pay disparity doesn’t just hurt women. Some 40% of working women in the United States are the sole breadwinner for their families. The AFL-CIO is fighting to end this injustice. The first step is collecting and releasing data on gender pay discrimination. Go to dclabor.org for a link to a petition urging the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect equal pay data.
On today’s labor calendar, there’s a “Save Our System” rally today at 4pm at the Wilson Building, celebrating Transit Equity Day.
For details, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1937, the movie Modern Times premiered. The tale of the tramp, played by Charlie Chaplin, and his paramour, played by Paulette Goddard, mixed slapstick comedy and social satire, as the couple struggled to overcome the difficulties of the machine age, including unemployment and nerve-wracking factory work.
Today’s labor quote is by Charlie Chaplin, who said:
"We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost."
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