In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Law, which made it illegal to pay women lower rates for the same job as their male counterparts on the basis of gender. At the time, women earned 59 percent of men’s wages.

In honor of Equal Pay Day, we recommend reading the following stories to learn more:

  • CNN: Salesforce just spent another $3 million to close its pay gap. Story 
    Salesforce announced last year that it spent $3 million to close the gap between what men and women make. Now the tech company is doubling down on its commitment to equity.

  • What Is Equal Pay Day? Here’s Everything You Need to Know. Story by Shira Tarlo

Equal Pay Day marks the wage discrepancies that exist between men and women in the workforce. Here’s everything you need to know about how it came to be and how far things have come.

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  • Equal Pay Day: The shocking profession with the biggest gender wage gapStory by Quentin Fottrell.

    Female personal financial advisers make little more than half (56.4%) of what their male counterparts make, compared to 83% overall, facing the widest wage gap across all occupations, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization, which has analyzed salary trends for women and men since 1960.

  • The Institute for Women’s Policy Research analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics’ gender pay data. The institute made its calculations based on 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading on


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