Image

12:16 PM / Monday August 15, 2022

13 Jun 2013

Obama observes 50th anniversary of Equal Pay Act

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
June 13, 2013 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and others, listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2013, during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Obama highlighted the gap in pay that still exists between men and women.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

By Jim Kuhnhenn

Associated Press 

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says that 50 years after enactment of the Equal Pay Act, the nation still faces gender wage disparities that must be fixed. “This is the 21st century,” he declared. “It’s time to close that gap.”

Image

 

Obama raised the issue while observing the anniversary of the law signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

 

To an audience almost entirely of women at the White House, Obama drew attention to a recent Pew Poll that found women are the primary source of income for nearly 40 percent of households in the United States.

 

“When more women are bringing home the bacon, they shouldn’t just be getting a little bit of bacon,” he said.

 

He cited an often-mentioned statistic that women on average earn about 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Though some dispute the size of the gap, few argue that there is no gender discrepancy in pay.

 

“If they’re bringing home more of the income and that income is less than a fair share, that means that families have less to get by on, for child care or health care or gas or groceries,” Obama said. “It makes it harder for middle-class families to save and retire. It leaves small businesses with customers who have less money in their pockets, which is not good for the economy.

 

The event’s focus on women’s pay comes during a week when Obama is paying special attention to Democratic constituent groups. On Tuesday he will speak at the White House in support of an overhaul of immigration laws. He will be fundraising for the Democrats on Wednesday. On Thursday he will observe LGBT Pride Month with remarks at the White House.

 

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Entertainment

The 2022 Dell Music Concert Series: a review

August 14, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: The incomparable Gladys Knight entertains crowds at the Dell Music Center’s...

Week In Review

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

August 12, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Wanda Cooper-Jones and Marcus Arbery, the parents of Ahmaud Arbery, address...

Health

The value of culturally competent care: How centering health equity can improve quality and lower costs

August 12, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Daniel Sanchez  BPT By Daniel Sanchez Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Health...

Stateside

Mastriano, Pa. nominee, cuts short interview with 1/6 panel

August 12, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Doug Mastriano, speaks at an event on July 1, 2022, at...

Color Of Money

Three ways to protect against social engineering attacks

August 12, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT The foundation of all human relationships is trust. But our tendency to...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Guacamole with White Peaches

August 12, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Apple Tea What’s Cookin’?: 7...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff